The school year is off to a great start and I’m thrilled to share these reading tips!
Choose Relatable Books: If your child loves books about trucks, dinosaurs and horses, find fiction and non-fiction text that relate to those topics. Children also love reading books about the things that are happening in their lives. For example, if your child is going to a new school, loves visiting the supermarket, or has a sibling on the way, find books that tackle those topics so that they can create a personal connection to what they are reading.
Create Reading Routines: Set routines around books and stick to them. For example, pick a day of the week to visit the library or bookstore, so that your child will have opportunities to be exposed to a variety of texts and pick out new books to read. Also, set time aside every day to read with your child. When reading is integrated into a daily schedule, it sends a message that reading is valued and your child will start to develop a habit of reading for pleasure. When you take the time to read with your child, they learn new vocabulary, reading strategies, author style (from a series or books from the same author), and most importantly a love of reading. Make the time spent reading with your child even more exciting by adding funny voices, acting out parts, or by creating a cozy reading nook.
Let your Wiggle Worm Move: If you have a young pre-schooler or toddler, they need opportunities to move! Sit on the floor with your child while they are playing and just start reading a book. Chances are they will periodically come over to check out the book, or finish a phrase from a book they’ve read a million times. Trust me, they really are listening, even if they are dancing or running in circles around the couch.
What are some of your favorite reading tips?