"Creating a reading culture starts with leading by example." - Thandazile Ndlovu

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"Creating a reading culture starts with leading by example." - Thandazile Ndlovu

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My 10 year-old-son hates reading and doesn't read as much as I want him to. I feel like reading expands your mind, but he doesn't do it; he would rather play video games.

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  • is this a general feeling by parents about getting kids into the culture of reading?

  • how true is it that South Africans generally don’t read?

  • how do we start the young ones to read and make them fall in love with reading?

The team chatted to Thandazile Ndlovu shares tips on how to get kids to read. Thandazile is a Foundation Phase Teacher with her Honours in Psychology, so she joined the team and shared some valuable tips on how to foster a culture of reading in your household.

Shannon also spoke about a really great initiative called Hooked On Books.

Some advice that came through from the kids...

  • give him a sweet for every page he reads
  • get books on a tablet and take TV privileges away
  • Try Roald Dahl books
  • Break the PS4 or Xbox

The team chatted to Thandazile Ndlovu shares tips on how to get kids to read. Thandazile is a Foundation Phase Teacher with her Honours in Psychology, so she joined the team and shared some valuable tips on how to foster a culture of reading in your household.

Creating a culture starts with leading by example. As a country, we have terrible reading habits. According to a study,78% of Grade 4's couldn't read for understanding.

Thandazile Ndlovu, Foundation Phase Teacher

Create a culture of reading at home. Don't treat reading as a punishment; reading should be a. reward.

Thandazile Ndlovu, Foundation Phase Teacher

Instead of saying that because you didn't do something you have to read for an extra hour. Rather say, because you did A, B, and C, you get to read!

Thandazile Ndlovu, Foundation Phase Teacher

Parents shouldn't start creating a culture of reading once there is a problem. Rather start early by reading to them and set aside time at night to read to them.

Thandazile Ndlovu, Foundation Phase Teacher

Be animated when you read the story; make them enjoy it and make them understand that a book takes you on a journey.

Thandazile Ndlovu, Foundation Phase Teacher

If your child is very artsy and can draw beautiful pictures, have them draw pictures and you help them by writing the words to go with the picture - in that way your child is an illustrator and you are an author.

Thandazile Ndlovu, Foundation Phase Teacher

Kids don't often take up reading because we don't make it a fun thing; often it's a forced thing that they _have_ to do at school or at home.

Thandazile Ndlovu, Foundation Phase Teacher

It's important for kids to read things that they enjoy!

Thandazile Ndlovu, Foundation Phase Teacher

Last year, we had kid authors that were part of KidVice when we did a “Let’s read: A Mandela Day Special” with Nickelodeon.

Here are some books by these authors that we suggest the 10-year-old can start with:

Buhle Mthethwa (12 years old) – The Big Fat Naughty Cat: Season One
Prince Mashawana (8 years old) – SuperMash: A Gift From Grandpa (comic book)
Ngcali Metu (11 years old) – The Clever Twins
Lelo Mofokeng (11 years old) – How I Survived Bullying
Michelle Nkamankeng (11 years old) – Waiting For The Waves
Mpumi's Magic Beads - Lebogang Masango

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