Do you love reading? Do your children love to read? Do you know that reading Studies indicate that a love of reading leads to greater academic success?! Children that have had a “culture” of literacy at home have a higher level of academic success, creativity and confidence. Promoting early reading makes sense right?
Studies show that promoting “early reading” at home helps a child’s development in many areas. Early reading at home promotes a child’s academic success, expands creativity, develops spatial understanding, builds problem solving skills and teaches a broader understanding of the world around them. And CAN build the love of reading for life! We all want that for our kids, right?!
If you’re a parent (grandparent) that wants to promote academic success, build literacy and spend cuddle time with your littles’ you may find these five tips helpful..
Introduce books Early
Start by reading to your child early. Choose books that have pictures and stories that your child can relate to Reading a book about a family beach trip then visit the beach, or have some water fun relating back to the story.water fun. Read about going to Zoo…then visit the zoo. Make reading relate to life. A three-year old can point to sand, water, and other images so that they feel connected to the story. You don’t have to read word for word, take license, make up your own story! Enjoy sharing and introducing books to your child, and show your child HOW to love books!
Encourage shared reading
Read aloud as a family, there are lots of fun books for the whole family! Have older kids read to siblings. In fact partnered reading with a sibling, friend or family members builds reading and comprehension skill and its bonding time too!Get kids excited, select books that about the world around them, favorite places, sports, animals or things they have a real interest in. Those reading aloud to those younger build skills too…even if they are putting their own spin on the story (keeping it exciting!). Paired reading builds reading fluency, understanding and confidence.
Talk about it
Talk about what YOU’RE reading. Be sure to show how your child that reading is important to you. Let them see that you read too whether it’s a good book or something on your computer or iPad. Modeling reading as an important part of life makes it important to them too! You don’t have to love to read but seeing others engage in literacy fortifies it’s importance. Make sure to ask questions about what your kids are reading or what your reading with them. Have fun, be silly, laugh, giggle, snuggle….who wouldn’t love reading when it includes fun and curdles.
Provide access to books and text
Make reading materials available and accessible, from books to iPads, providing an inviting and engaging assortment of reading materials of things they show interest in. I know, I know, books and iPads can burn the budget! Luckily there are many ways to build your child’s library with an assortment of reading possibilities reasonably. Visit the public library and get a library card. Yes, get a library card! Library’s have something for everyone! Books, DVDs, computers all for public use. Used book stores, thrift stores and trading between other parents (and grandparents) can be a great resources.
Schedule time to read
Set aside time to read, it’s not necessary to read before bedtime but rather find a time, whenever it happens to be, to tune in and read. Try to make it a time to be present, a time to snuggle, talk and read. Have times scheduled with TV or phones OFF to allow your child to indulge in a good book. Then add the excitement and delight of sharing a good book with them.
The love of reading is often seen by educators as a one of the “markers” that indicates kids will have better success in school, and leading to higher education. Good news right?! So get that book, snuggle with your little…and make some time to enjoy a good book and don’t forget the giggles!