Getting kids hooked on reading at all ages is essential for academic success. Students need sound reading skills for all areas of the curriculum. Developing a print enriched environment in your own home to encourage a love of reading will reap wonderful rewards in the years ahead for your child.
Set up a corner in your home with a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction reading materials for the family. These might include magazines, poetry books, craft books, a book on sailing and books the kids are presently reading. Plan a time that fits into your schedule for the whole family to read quietly together. No texting or phone calls. Simply a 20+ minute stretch of time when the family is lost in reading.
Talk to your child about books they enjoy. Sometimes reading part of a book they are reading opens up a conversation about the story. Encourage kids to share ideas and interpretations of books. A teacher I know took some of her gardening books and magazines to school one day in early spring for her grade 3 students to look at in quiet reading time. The children loved them. They started making lists of plants and drawing pictures. Some students asked to borrow the books to take home and read with their parents. A simple idea turned into a powerful way for kids and parents to share books.
“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” Marcel Proust