Making reading enticing to our kids is a huge feat to overcome for parents and educators alike. Dr Loh Chin Ee, an Associate Professor and Deputy Head (Research) at the English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education (NIE), knows this. And that is the reason why she has dedicated so many years to spearheading research on how to improve the reading culture among adolescents in Singapore.
Dr Loh Chin Ee.
A goal that we can strive towards is to help kids identify themselves as readers. “This is when our kids are able to see reading as an enjoyable activity they can do to fill up their time,” explains Dr Loh.
How can we encourage our kids to choose reading as their hobby? In a four-chapter video series produced by NIE Education Launchpad here, Dr Loh shares that we can help our kids discover the pleasure of reading by having shared reading experiences with them. This means reading to — and with — our children. But what is the difference between the two?