Are you trying to help develop your child’s mind and get them prepared for school?
One of the best ways to instill the importance of education is to teach them to enjoy reading. Reading is not only a way to increase knowledge, it’s also a great form of entertainment. And don’t kids and adults both love doing fun things?
Start early by reading to them with age-appropriate books. They’re never too young to start. You can even read to babies. Many infant books also have noise and different textures added to further stimulate your child.
Choose good books that are age-appropriate so they’ll enjoy them. Try to choose books about topics they’ve shown interest in or that they can relate to. Once they begin to enjoy reading, then open them up to new ideas, genres and topics.
When your child is old enough, enroll them in a library program. They often have coordinating games, crafts and speakers that go along with the stories.
Set up a special reading area in the house. It could be under a blanket fort or a spot with a comfy chair and lamp. Encourage them to decorate with pictures of their favorite book characters.
Set aside family time for reading. You can all read the same book or enjoy your individual materials. It may be best to make it a routine, like after dinner or bath time. It is also important for them to see you reading and hear you talk about the book you’re reading.
Reading doesn’t have to be just books or the iPad. Try sharing newspaper articles, magazines and blogs. Tons of games also require reading like board games, crossword puzzles, coloring books, word searches and more.
Never make reading a punishment. Nothing will make them dread it more than being forced to read!
Make colorful bookmarks with your child and track their progress with reading charts to help celebrate each chapter read. You may also want to reward them with something positive, perhaps with a new book they have been wanting or watching a movie made from a book they’ve previously read.