A lot is said about the importance of reading and the need for developing reading habits during childhood. However, approaching this activity in a negative or imposing manner may cause children to reject reading altogether. For children to accept reading with joy and normalcy, the proper environment needs to be provided. We would like to share the following 4 tips with you to help foster a reading culture in your home:
-Keep Reading Material Around: Have books, magazines and a variety of print media available in all areas of the home so that reading will become an important activity for the entire family.
–Appropriate Material: Provide your children with age-appropriate reading material. We recommend asking for advice and recommendations from people with a knowledge of children’s literature, asking for help at libraries, in the school, and looking through books yourself before purchasing them.
–Not Just Books: Remember that reading material can be diverse, and provide alternatives for children such as: magazine cutouts, internet articles, newspaper inserts, or even create your own stories based on family themes (the day you were born, the neighborhood, stories passed down from grandparents, etc.) This will help children to enter the wonderful world of reading and acquire a life-long love for reading and reading habits.
–Create a Special Reading Corner: Any place is good, but it is always more enjoyable to designate a special place for this activity. The important thing is for it to be a comfortable place where your child can feel content and enjoy reading. The reading corner may contain your child’s own personal library the s/he will add books to and build little by little.
Digital tools designed for establishing a taste for reading may also be used to encourage young readers.
What strategies have you used to foster a love for reading in your children? Do you think that children are reading enough? Share your experiences about creating childhood reading habits at home with our school community.
Tags: Reading, educational resources, habits