Encouraging children to read when they start the school year is a great way to foster a love of reading. Here are some ways you can help to encourage your child to read:
- Lead by Example: Let your child see you reading magazines, newspapers, and books. Children often imitate their parents, so when they see you enjoying reading, they will be more likely to want to read too.
- Create a Dedicated Reading Space: Have a comfortable and cozy area in your home filled with books that are appropriate for your child's age and interests. Make it an inviting space with cushions, blankets, and good lighting to encourage reading.
- Allow for Choices: Let your child select their own books from a variety of genres and topics. Giving them the freedom to choose what they are interested in will make reading more enjoyable for them. Find books that cater to your child's interests. Here are some suggested reading lists for kids.
- Create a Routine: Set aside a specific time each day for reading. It could be before bedtime or after school. Make it a consistent habit, so your child knows that reading is a priority in their daily routine.
- Read Aloud: Spend time each day reading aloud to and with your child. Choose books that are slightly above their reading level to expose them to more complex language and story lines. This will help expand their vocabulary and comprehension skills.
- Discuss Books: Engage your child in conversations about the books they are reading. Ask questions about the characters, plot, and themes. This will help them develop their comprehension skills and deepen their understanding of the story.
- Celebrate Achievements: Recognize and celebrate your child's reading accomplishments. Set reading goals and reward their achievements with small incentives, such as stickers, a special a trip to the park, or another excursion
- Visit the Library: Regularly visit the local library with your child. Allow them to explore different books and genres. Encourage them to join library programs that increase literacy such as storytimes. Kids cards are fine free, find out more here.