My children love books and they love reading.
This Top 10 list looks at what parents can do to foster a love of reading from birth. The right start can make all the difference.
- Start reading with babies right from birth. Get comfortable and read aloud every day for 10-15 minutes. This will help develop a routine for reading enjoyment.
- Read several different books at times throughout the day or the same book multiple times. Hearing a thousand stories will help a child begin to learn to read.
- Use your eyes, voice and body to bring a story to life. Using a flat, monotone voice will not convey your excitement.
- Read the same stories time and time again. Use the same pattern or rhythm each time. In time, children will be able to retell the story to you.
- Interaction with the story is key. Look at and talk about pictures, connect the story to a rhyme or song and answer any questions children ask. A book does not need to be read cover to cover without stopping to enjoy the pages within.
- Point to words, pick out letters, think of rhyming words when reading. Whatever you do should be fun and not remotely resemble teaching.
- Use the three R’s when choosing books for young children. Rhythm, rhyme and repetition are an awesome combination.
- Read aloud to kids even when they can read themselves. Tell stories, make up stories together or sing nonsense rhymes-all of which are language-rich activities.
- Be a good reading role model. Read books, newspapers or magazines for enjoyment.
- Read, read, read, read and read.
I love reading. My kids love reading too. Whether that is inherent or not, I have no way of knowing. I do know that I have read with my children right from birth. Over the past 6 years I have read thousands of books to Almost 6 and Just 3.
I am a mum who loves to read. My teaching career has spanned nearly two decades during which time I have had the privilege of reading thousands of stories. I majored in children’s literature and I write picture books for fun in my spare time. This top 10 is by no means exhaustive. There is so much you can do with your children and a good book. If you have a book but no child, borrow one from a friend or relative. Reading with a child is magic and they’re the most captive audience you’ll ever have.
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