Tips To Promote Reading In Your Home
I love to read and there’s nothing like reading a great book.
Nothing makes me happier than roaming the aisles of the local bookstore, looking for my next great read. Getting a shipment of books in from amazon always gets me excited and don’t even get me started about unboxing a shipment of kids homeschool books. Those are my favourite days.
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Growing up, my dad was always reading. You could always find him sitting in his favourite chair, reading a good book just as his mom did when he was growing up. Whenever we’d go out together, he’d always let me pick out any book that I wanted. Every Christmas and every birthday, I’d always get books too. Reading has always been my favourite pastime and Its all thanks to my Dad.
Now that I have my own kids, I want them to love reading as much as I do. Here are a few things that we do to encourage reading in our house.
Lately, I’ve been a huge fan of eBooks. I love the fact that I can always have a good book with me without have to carry around the physical product. As long as I have my phone or my kindle with me, I can read. That being said, I want my kids to see me reading so I always try to have a actual book laying around. Any reference book I’m reading, I usually purchase in the physical form (what I’m reading now), that way I can flip around to different parts. I usually try to pick it up at least once a day and have a skim through so that my kids see me reading often.
Keep books all around the house
We have books everywhere. A bookshelf in the kids room, one in our homeschool room, book bins in the living room and one in the kids playroom. They are much more likely to grab a book to read when they’re always visible.
Go to the library often
We try to go to the library at least once a week. We spend a few hours there and they can choose whichever books they like. They tend to want to read more when they get to pick out books that they enjoy, not what I want them to read.
Give books as gifts
We always give books as gifts. My kids always get books for Christmas and their birthdays as part of their presents. We also give books to others as gifts. My kids love going to the store to pick out a book to give to other people.
Have family read alouds, even when they don’t need them anymore
Read alouds are a great time to connect as a family. We just love grabbing a pile of books and cuddling on the couch to read. After each book, we discuss it. This is a great way to promote good listening skills and increase fluency.
Start reading as early as possible
We started reading to our kids as soon as they were born. I always had board books around so that they could flip through them and look at pictures but we also read them actually stories as babies. It was a great way to introduce them to a large vocabulary and promotes bonding.
Let your kids pick out a book as a special treat
Sometimes as a fun treat, we’ll go to the bookstore and I’ll let them choose a book they want. They always get so excited and it makes it feel special. Costco is always great for books too. You can get packs of books for less than $10. This can get costly, so you can also try places like goodwill. They have tons of books to choose from.
Let them choose whatever books they want and read to them as often as they want
At bedtime, each child gets to choose some books to read. My kids usually go through phases of what kind of books they like. One time Liam got a Thor book from the library and we had to read it about 3 times a day for almost 2 weeks. This book was one of the worst books I had ever read but he loved it so much. He was so excited to read everyday. Repetition is also a great for memorization skills.
Try different platforms
Do you have a child who just isn’t into reading? There are lots of websites that have great selections of audio books. That counts too! My kids love to listen to them in the car. Graphic novels are great for older readers.
Stash small books in your purse when you go out
Whenever we have to go somewhere, I always put a couple of small books in my purse to pull out just incase the kids get bored. It works great when we’re waiting for an appointment or going on a long car ride.
These are just some of the things that we try in our house. What are some of your favourite ways to get your kids to read?
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