Reading is one of the most important skills that your child needs to develop in order to be successful in school. Not only will good reading skills help your child get good grades, but children that have healthy reading habits have larger vocabularies, longer attention spans, and are better problem solvers. The more time that your child spends reading for fun outside of class the better prepared they will be for learning in school.
Here are some ways to encourage your child to spend more time reading.
- Create a comfortable reading corner. Place some floor pillows and a small
library of books in a designated area in your house.
- Travel with books. Encourage your child to bring a book with them on long road trips or family vacations.
- Read as a family. Set aside time during the day for every family member to
select their favorite book and read together in the same room.
- Ask questions. Ask your child about what they are reading often. Ask them to make predictions about what they think will happen in the story. Ask them to
create a new story with the same book characters.
- Make bed-time “book time”. Make reading a part of your child’s night-time routine. You can even take turns reading aloud to each other.
It is our hope that these tips will help your child develop a love of reading that will stay with them throughout their lives.