Encourage Healthy Reading Habits in Children
It’s important to encourage healthy reading habits in children. Good reading skills are a necessity for life long success. In today’s world with the internet and social media being so prevalent from such an early age, healthy reading habits are that much more important. These 8 essential early reading habits will help to ensure success and help to make children lifelong readers.
Read to your child at an early age
The sooner you start reading to your child, the better. Even just 10 minutes a day at bed time is beneficial. Read books filled with illustrations, they’re critical to the child’s development.
Create a Reading Area
Make a fun area for them to read, one that they’re comfortable. Have a warm and cozy chair, some fun accessories, and plenty of books. Make it a place that is quiet and their own little space.
Encourage Reading at Home and Away
Don’t just limit their reading to home or at bed time. Teach them that reading is more than just reading books. When you’re out and about encourage them to read street signs, store signs, or instructions to games you might be playing. Let them know that reading is everywhere!
Children Learn What They See
If you read, they will read. Encourage healthy reading habits by being an avid reader yourself. If they see you with your nose in a book, they are more than likely to become an avid reader too.
Read Aloud Passionately
When you’re reading to them, have some excitement in your voice. They will become more engaged in the book. It’s ok to be goofy while reading to them. It’s more fun to make the story come alive by tone and expression.
Encourage them to read for pleasure
It’s not fun to just read what you’re supposed to for class. Encourage your child to pick out books that they want to read, rather than just what they have to read. If a trip to the local library or book store is a fun one, they’re more likely inclined to want to go back more often and pick out other books.
Make Books Available
Don’t hide books away in a corner or a shelf the child can’t see. Make them available and out in the open. Leave them in a place your child is more likely to see them and pick them up and use them!
Engage With Them
Use reading to spark conversation with a back and forth discussion. It will help their cognitive skills, not to mention their social development in the real world. Ask questions and let the conversation flow!