Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Tips for Helping Your Daughter Choose a Great Book

Reading is one of those skills that can be applied to achieve positive outcomes in many aspects of life. As a parent, it is important that you encourage your children to cultivate a reading culture. This may seem like a huge task to you. However, getting kids to read has a lot to do with selecting the right books. If you have a daughter and aren’t sure how to pick some good reads for her, here are a few tips to help you along.

Consult with Your Librarian

Most librarians will give you excellent suggestions on what your daughter will enjoy reading. Let your librarian know about your daughter’s interests and indicate some of the books she’s enjoyed reading. Since librarians are knowledgeable about reading material across all ages, you’ll be surprised at the many the titles suggested for your daughter to read.

Let Her Interests Guide You

As a parent, it is easy to pick books that you think your daughter should read and overlook her personal interests in the process. While it is true that you can apply your wisdom positively in selecting books for her, it is important that you accommodate her interests. Be sure that you have a clear understanding of her interests. This will ensure that you help her to choose books that she’ll be excited to read rather than get bored by books selected.

Study Materials

Reading can be for leisure as well as for educational purposes. Perhaps your daughter is enrolled in a ged online program. You can help her draw up a good study plan that includes some great publications. Her success in taking the GED is largely dependent upon having good books to help her prepare thoroughly for the exam. Most online preparation courses outline the study materials required for the program. It is a good idea to check out study materials being offered by a course before you assist your daughter in selection. To obtain good GED study materials, you may want to check out the American Council on Education, which facilitates the exam.

Subject Matter

It is important that you take an interest in the subject matter of books your daughter is reading. Your parental role involves guiding her in selecting books that contain appropriate content. Encourage her to pick books that add value to her life because of the principles or concepts contained in the book. Given your daughter’s age, you should be able to determine if it is okay for her to read books on subjects such as family conflict, sexuality and other similar delicate topics.

What are Your Interests?

They say the longer you live, the more you learn. You may want to share some of your reading interests with your daughter. While the capacity to grasp language varies according to age, certain concepts may be appreciated across all ages. If you enjoy reading faith-based books or are enrolled in a Christian program, you must have come across several good reads. In most cases, online Christian colleges provide students with diverse reading lists, to teach Christian principles and foster the faith. If your daughter is below 12 years, you could introduce her to children’s bible stories, by way of encouraging the development of a spiritual foundation. If she’s older, you may want to introduce her to books that focus on overcoming faith.

Sources

Basics of Preparing for the GED Online. (2012) About.com
How to Choose Books for Kids. (2012)  Westerville Public Library.
How to Pick the Best Books for Your Kids. (2011) Reading-Rewards.com

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