5 Tips to Help Your Child Create Good Reading Habits
One of the most asked questions I get as a teacher is how to promote and encourage children to create good reading habits, outside of school. The following tips I’ll be sharing are effective for students of all ages, no matter their abilities or levels.
Let them Choose.
One of the most effective ways to promote good reading habits is to allow children to independently choose their reading materials. I know, personally, that if I’m forced to read what I’m not interested in, I’ll less likely be engaged. If you’re at your local library or at a bookstore, have your child choose based on their interests. You’ll notice they’ll become much more excited, which is key to motivating good readers.
Most people don’t fully take advantage of what local libraries have to offer. It’s a place full of adventures and learning opportunities for all ages, babies to adults. The library is the perfect place to expose your child to different types of literature, with genres ranging from pictures books, biographies, and chapter books. Not only will they see the variety of books out there but they also start to notice that many people love to read.
Provide Reading Materials.
A great way to promote good reading habits is by dedicating a little reading space or corner with a variety of reading materials. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BUY BOOKS! Seriously! There’s a reason why libraries are amazing, you can check out books, magazines, audiobooks for FREE! Yes, free! Just make sure you return them on time, or extend their dates, to avoid late fees.
Most of the time, homes are full of reading materials that people are unaware of. Save appropriate newspapers, articles, and magazines that your child can engage with.
Also, You DON’T need an insane amount of reading materials, just a few.
With busy work schedules, it can be very difficult to find time to dedicate to your child, especially reading together. Find a time that works for you and make it a healthy habit throughout the week. For us, in our home, we dedicate bedtime for a few good stories to read to Liam. Edgar and I choose our favorite books and alternate reading to him.
Reading with your child is a great bonding experience and also helps develop listening, comprehension, and oral skills.
After all, parents YOU ARE their first teachers. They will learn and mimic everything that you do, so take advantage.
Don’t be afraid to incorporate iPads, tablets, phones, and computers to encourage good reading habits. They are tons of cool, and free, apps that will help your child develop reading skills such as phonics and comprehension.
Technology is a part of our culture, now more than ever. Use it to your, and your child’s advantage, in fun and educational way.
Always remember to find a routine that works for you and your family. What I do with my students, and Liam, may not necessarily fit your day-to-day life. And most importantly, have fun and happy reading!
What are ways you are helping your child create good reading habits? Share below in the comment section!
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