Fostering a Love of Reading Series: Part 1

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When I was teaching first grade, many parents were concerned about their child’s reading level. All parents want to do what’s best for their child and teach them the love of reading. I thought I would share some of my favorite tips in a week long series. Today we will focus on encouraging them to enjoy books.

From the time most kids are very small, they want to “read.” They memorize books, make up their own stories and look eagerly at books. Over time, that wonder and love fades for some children. Here are some of my favorite tips to help your child learn to love books.

  • Let them see you read. All too often we do our personal reading after the kiddos have gone to bed. Let them see you read a book, magazine, newspaper, or whatever has words printed on it. You are your child’s best model.

  • Talk about books. Encourage older kids to talk about what they are reading. Ask questions about the plot, characters, and settings. Not only does this promote reading comprehension, but showing interest in their reading can encourage them to read more.

  • Visit the library or bookstores often. Help your child find books they like. Show them the ones you loved as a child. Encourage them to use the online book searches and library resources.

  • Value all types of reading. I often hear parents complain that their child will only read “SI for Kids” or “Nick Jr.” Guess what…that is reading! Try to focus on what your child enjoys reading, even if it is the backs of baseball cards. The Guinness Book of World Records and Almanacs were always favorites of my kids.

Remember, all children develop at different rates. It is about your child, not about your neighbor’s child!

How do you encourage your child to read? I would love to hear your ideas! Leave a comment in the section below.

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