Teaching Your Child to Love Reading

May 2, 2014

 

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One of my favorite hobbies is reading.  Ever since I was little, I can remember going to my grandparent’s house and sitting on the couch all day, reading the newest treasure I had picked off the shelf in the upstairs hallway.  Raising readers helps in multiple ways!

  • Imagination- You have to create the images in your mind of what you are reading. How did you picture Harry Potter?
  • Empathy- Connecting with a character can help your child understand other children and family members.
  • Connection- If multiple family members read the same book, you can talk about concepts and ideas in the book. Even simple children’s books, like the Very Hungry Caterpillar, have discussion points- why did the caterpillar go into a cocoon? Why did he eat so much food first?
  • Writing- If your child reads a lot, they will also be better writers!  Exposure to vocabulary and written text will help your child with their future career and self-expression.

What’s better than a quiet afternoon with no one complaining that they’re bored?

In honor of National Library Week, although few weeks late, I have a few hints for helping your child enjoy books too!

  • Surround your child with books!  Keep books in every room in the house.  Give your children books instead of more toys for their birthday.  Go to the library. Buy used books.
  • Read for your own pleasure in front of your child.  Kids model their parents- what better habit to pick up from mom or dad than reading?
  • Read aloud to your child.  A quiet activity before bed will help your child wind down and connect with you for a few minutes at the end of a hectic day.
  • Discuss books with your children.  Talk about the pictures.  Think about what happens next.  What is a different way the book could end?
  • Limit time with electronics.  Turn off the TV one night a week and work on a longer book than the usual bedtime story.  Read chapter books to your older children- they can help too!
  • Explore fiction and non-fiction books.  Maybe you have a budding scientist?  Or a mechanic? Read about volcanoes and building trucks!

With texting and e-readers and computers, there’s a vast electronic world out there!  But nothing feels better than a well-read book in your hands with pages to turn and pictures to see!

For a quiz to see how you are doing in teaching your child to love reading, check out:

http://www.babycenter.com/0_quiz-are-you-teaching-your-child-to-love-reading_64488.bc

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