It takes time to develop good habits, but with a little effort every day, you can help your child develop reading habits that will last a lifetime. One of the most important parts of being a reading role model for your child is to practice good reading habits yourself. Try these easy tips for encouraging more reading in your home.
Make reading materials readily available
Develop the idea that reading can happen anywhere, not just in school. Keep books and magazines throughout your home - not just in the living room or study area. A few books or magazines in the kitchen along with cookbooks provide spontaneous reading opportunities. Even the bathroom gives some people a place for a little quiet reading!
Set reading goals
Choose a time of day when you and your kids can sit down to read without distractions. Make it a special time that you'll both look forward to. Start with 10 minutes a day. Increase the reading time after a week or two. The goal is to build reading into your daily routine.
Talk about what kids are reading
Help your children stay engaged with what they read in and out of school by asking them questions. Talk about what might happen next in a story and how your child feels about certain characters. Stimulate critical thinking by helping your child think about consequences of a character's actions or how the story would change if characters behaved differently.
Read to each other
There are many ways we can read to one another in addition to traditional bedtime reading. Are you making a new recipe that you found on a cooking blog? There is usually narrative included about how the writer/chef cooked the dish. Ask your child to read the instructions to you while you prepare the food. Read an article from a newspaper together in the morning or read the backs of shampoo bottles while shopping together. Ways to develop the reading habit are all around us!
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