I was always a reader growing up and remember reading Goosebumps, Nancy Drew Files, Hardy Boys and not forgetting Sweet Valley High and University. I have two kids and one is a reader and the other hasn’t grown into her reading potential.
The key to reading is not just getting your kids to read but getting them to enjoy stories when they are babies. Reading to your child is not just a bonding process but will help form their vocabulary and ability to understand stories and enjoy reading.
Your child learns to read in Prep where they will start off with sight words and jolly phonics. They then start to blend words and before you know it they are reading.
My children do not watch tv during the week and we started this once they became school aged. Tv is such a time waster and takes away from imaginary play and other creative activities your child might enjoy. I find my kids do their homework and talk to each other more. When they are bored they join me in the kitchen or we all cuddle on the couch and talk which was lacking when tv was in the picture.
You should never force your child to read but introduce books of things they like. If your child is into dragon movies maybe get a book about dragons. Also remember that children mature at a different pace and some kids will grown into reading and some also may have learning difficulties which always need early intervention.
Your child’s teacher will keep you updated on your child’s progress and no need to compare your child as some parents like to brag and this may put pressure on your child. Never compare, but give your child resources to succeed and work within their potential as a start.