Are you looking for more ways to create a love for reading in your child?
Hello, I am stopping by from Living In This Season again to share with you all! I have a serious love for books, and my husband is an English teacher, so we are pretty much a book-loving couple. Encouraging our children to have a love for reading is so important to us, but we don’t want to force it. Here are some simple ways you can encourage your child to read more:
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– Go to the Library: This is a great free activity to do as a family. Give each child a max number of books to pick out. Bring a bag to put the books in when you leave. Elizabeth, from All Kinds of Things, has a great system she uses to help keep track of library books so you don’t have to worry about library fines. Usually libraries have activities every now and then for kids, so connect with the librarian and find out what is offered.
– Create a Reading Chart: My oldest is currently in kindergarten and he has a reading chart to fill out each month. However, you can do this with younger kids as well! Just make the chart yourselves and have a prize at the end (it could be a special outing with mom and dad, ice cream treat, movie, etc). Momendeavors has a cute idea for a Dr. Seuss Reading Chart.
– Get Books That Interest Them: If you want to encourage your kids to read, you need to start with what interests them. A child will be more likely to sit down and look at a book if it is filled with things they love.
– Participate in Story time: Check out your local bookstore to see if they host a regular story time. Libraries normally host one as well. Sometimes, there is even a craft at the end of story time. It is a great outing for kids and good practice for them to sit and listen to a book.
– Hold a Book Swap Party: Pick a date, and invite some friends over who have kids around the same age. Everyone brings a book to swap. Display all the books and add a number to each. Then draw numbers for the book you get to go home with. Honey Bee Books has some great ideas for hosting a book swap.
– Read a Book as a Family: Before bed, we read to our kids books of their choices. Recently, we started reading Charlotte’s Web to them. The toddler could care less, but our 5 year old is really into it. It is starting a small tradition that we can continue to build as a family.
Here are some of our favorite books ***: