It is important that your child enjoys reading. Why?
Children that enjoy reading will read more because they are getting pleasure out of reading. Children that read for pleasure not only have better reading skills, but they also have better writing skills and a more established vocabulary.
It’s simple, if your child enjoys reading, they will read more.
How can you help your child enjoy reading?
Set an example by reading yourself. If your child sees you reading, they will be more inclined to want to read along.
Encourage your child to read with you. If you are cooking, have them read parts of the recipe to you. If you are reading the newspaper, have them read the weather forecast. If you are reading a magazine, have them read the captions to pictures. If you are in the car, read street signs. I could go on and on, but you don’t need endless examples. It can be anything.
Did you know that just over 50% of children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old were read to by a family member. That means that just under 50% of children ages 3 to 5 are NOT read to daily. For more facts like these, visit the National Education Foundation. They also found that children who read for enjoyment, achieve higher test scores.
Read to your children. Dive into their books with them and really get into character. It is fun for your child to hear different voices throughout the story. You can read anything from picture books to chapter books and everything else. If you need book ideas for all time bests, check out the books page. Make sure your child has access to books in more places than one! Have a bookshelf in the bedroom and a basket in the family room. You can never have too many around.
Encourage your child to read. Turn off the TV and make it READING TIME. You can motivate your child to read more with charts that they can stamp or color as they read books. You can find many free reading logs on Pinterest. If your child is truly enjoying reading, they most likely will not need motivation to read.
Give books and book gift cards as ideas for gifts. Books are gifts that your child can enjoy over and over again. This can include tangible books, gift cards for your child to buy books or a subscription to an online book service.
Getting comfortable is necessary to enjoy reading. Make a cozy spot in your home, whether it is in your child’s bedroom or another place in your home. A place that your child will want to go back to over and over. Attempt for an electronic free zone…a place for just READING. If you are looking for reading chairs for kids, the best chair I have found for true Kids’ comfort is this Child’s Recliner Chair on Amazon. Yes! A recliner for kids and it fits children ages 3 to 12 so it will fit your child for a long time. It comes in different colors and is soft to the touch. You can buy recliners NEW or USED if you want even a better price. I didn’t know that children reclining chairs were as comfortable as adult reclining chairs.
It doesn’t really matter what you read. It doesn’t really matter where you read. It just matters that you READ. The more you read with your child, the better off they will be. The more they gain a love for reading, the more successful they will be in many aspects of their lives. The benefits of reading with your child are endless!