It’s impossible to dispute the benefit that reading gives your children at a young age. One Google search yields thousands of results on the positive effects reading has on the development of a young child’s brain.

But how do you ensure that children stay interested in and enjoy their reading time? YCIS Beijing Primary School Curriculum Coordinator Jennifer Mills offers three tips on how to make reading fun and beneficial for your child.

Choosing the Right Stories
Before you start reading with your child, it’s important that you’ve selected the right story to read with them. Mills emphasises that whatever the subject matter, it’s vital that your child is interested: “Be guided by your child’s choices. You can also make suggestions to your child is also helpful, especially if you want to extend the range of genre and vocabulary your child is being exposed to through reading.” Difficulty should also be taken into consideration as often a book that is too difficult won’t be enjoyed or appreciated. However, the decision is ultimately your child’s; his or her interest in the content of the book is the major goal.

Engaged and Active Reading
After choosing a book that your child is enthusiastic about, parents need to make sure they know how to read to their children. Mills gives a few pointers on how to engage your child and capture their interest with your reading style: “Using different voices for each character in the book is a great way to maintain the interest in the story. It’s also always a good idea to stop every so often and ask your child some simple questions about the book. This will help your child understand the book, explain the motives for the characters behaving in the way they do and keep the interest in the story high.” Through these effective reading methods, reading time becomes a fun activity that children look forward to rather than a chore.

Nurturing a Bond
In the end, it’s spending time with your child that is the most important aspect of reading time, not just the reading itself. As Mills stresses, “Whatever you do with your child is beneficial because it affirms your interest in them and lets them feel valued.” While reading gives additional benefits like improving a child’s vocabulary and raising them to be independent readers, simply spending time with your children in any activity is a great way to bond with them and raise them as self-confident and inquisitive young adults.

To learn more about YCIS Beijing’s warm and supportive environment, visit their website!

Follow Us On: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Linkedin


Warning:The use of any news and articles published on without written permission from constitutes copyright infringement, and legal action can be taken.

Keywords: Fun reading Yew Chung International School

  • Four Easy Steps to Bagging Beetles with Bona Fide Bug Traps!

    Four Easy Steps to Bagging Beetles with Bona Fide Bug Traps!

    During his tenure at Yew Chung International School, Dr. Wickham has shared his passion for insects through both hands-on demonstrations and interactive experiments, some of which you can even conduct at home with your own children. The easiest and least supply-intensive of these experiments is ...

  • The 3 Best Chinese Cultural Sites in Beijing You’ve Never Visited

    The 3 Best Chinese Cultural Sites in Beijing You’ve Never Visited

    Children in YCIS Beijing Primary School have the opportunity to explore Beijing with their teachers, discovering different aspects of traditional Chinese culture through field trips to cultural sites around Beijing that align with what they’re studying in class.

  • Eight Great Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Artistic Talent

    Eight Great Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Artistic Talent

    The Primary Art teacher at Yew Chung International School of Beijing tells you how to foster your childs creativity.

  • Language Learning Tips for Chinese Newbies

    Language Learning Tips for Chinese Newbies

    If you’ve just moved to China or are looking to jump-start your language learning, YCIS Beijing Secondary School Chinese Curriculum Coordinator Jessica Sun have some essential tips that will make sure you’re learning the right way.

  • 3 Reasons Why Physical Education Matters

    3 Reasons Why Physical Education Matters

    China has become somewhat infamous for the abandoned sites left strewn throughout the country in its rush towards urban development. Some of the eerie destinations listed below take the prize as the top five most notoriously abandoned places in China.

  • Parenting in China: 3 Expert Tips for Healthy Eating

    Parenting in China: 3 Expert Tips for Healthy Eating

    During one of YCIS Beijing’s regularly held parenting workshops, Registered Dietitian from Oasis International Hospital Leora Martin gave a talk discussing children’s nutrition and how to encourage healthy eating habits.

5 Comments Add your comment



good information, helpful for teachers

May 17, 2017 01:35 Report Abuse




May 19, 2017 09:31 Report Abuse



A cool one

Jul 26, 2017 17:16 Report Abuse



It would be fun time of parents spent time with their kids. kids of same community may join each other after a week or so to have fun time and learning.

Oct 20, 2017 21:51 Report Abuse



The number one country in the world in education is Israel. How come? They read more books than anyone else in the world. They average 27 books a year. While China is at the bottom of the heap with the paltry sum of just 2 books.

Dec 02, 2017 15:14 Report Abuse