Are you a reader? Do you love sitting down with a good book and getting lost in the story? Or, do you struggle to read, finding it difficult to find something that draws you in?
Children who develop a love for reading early, often find greater academic success & enjoyment throughout their school career as well as go on to enjoy reading throughout their adult lives.
Encouraging a love of books is a gift we can give to our children…even if we struggle with it ourselves.
5 Simple Strategies to Encourage a Love of Reading
- Make reading a daily habit, and not just before bed. Read to your child whenever they show interest in a book. Cuddling on the couch while reading helps connect learning with feelings of warmth, love and security.
- Point out print that isn’t found in books. Looking at signs with letters while driving can be a fun family game while in the car.
- Make use of our public libraries. Right now is a little more challenging, but curbside pickup is still available. It is wonderful to have your own family library, but taking advantage of our amazing local library inventory might introduce you to new favourite stories as well as save you some money. Click here for more information.
- Take your time while reading. Reading isn’t meant to be rushed. Spend a little extra time adding inflection, feeling and yes, even funny voices.
- Ask your child questions while reading, such as can they find an item in the picture, what they think might happen, how the characters in the story may be feeling or what they might do in the same situation.
With these simple strategies, you are well on your way to helping your child develop a love of literature as well as gain confidence as they begin to make connections with the alphabet & learn how to read.
Here is to happily ever after in storyland…
Written by Amy Sonnenberg, RECE