Five Tips To Teach Children The Love Of Reading
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All three of my girls love to read and they have for as long as I can remember.
When I'm talking to others about how much they love to read, I always tell the story of when my oldest was four years old. She was having a hard time being good at the grocery store, and after I had asked her to be good 5 times, things got serious.
I turned to her and told her I was going to take away her books for the rest of the day if she didn't start acting better right away. It worked and she was a perfect angel for the rest of the time… but the look on the ladies face behind me as I said I was going to take away books was priceless! She looked shocked that I would take away books! Little did she know that my daughters books were her most treasured possessions and probably the only thing that would have actually gotten her attention! I know most parents take away toys, not me… I take away books!
It has made me so happy to see my oldest sharing her love of reading with my youngest!
I want to say that it just came natural for all of them to love to read, but I think there were a few things we did to help nurture it too. These are the five tips we used to teach our children the love of reading:
1. Start young. We were so lucky to be given a pile of books before our oldest was born and my husband started to read those books to her the day she came home from the hospital. She was a very fussy baby and reading books instantly calmed her down.
2. Focus on stories that they are interested in. My little one loves Princess's so we have a ton of Princess books for her to read. Having books to choose from that you know will peak your child's interest is a great way to foster a love of reading.
3. Read every day. Make it a tradition to read right before bed, or in the afternoon with a snack. We started with reading to our daughters when they were babies and as they got older we started letting them sound out words and help “read” to us. My older two LOVED the time we spent reading together and still talk about it.
4. Lead (read) by example. Let your children see you read! Talk about the books you have read, are reading, and the ones you hope to read in the future. Tell them why you love to read and why it's important to you. I never feel like I have enough time to enjoy leisure reading, but I always find a few minutes a day to read so that the girls know it's something I make time for.
5. Make books come to life for them. If you want to see an instant spark of fascination and love of reading, make books come to life by including your children in the story! We were sent an I See Me! book that was the story of a Princess that had the same name as my daughter, looked like her, and even lived in the same “castle”! Yep, it was my daughter in the book! Her picture was even sprinkled throughout the beautiful pages of the book! I think we've read it 100 times so far and it will be a keepsake for her for years to come.
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