We all want our kids to love to read! We want them to love going to the library and to be a lover of learning! I think some children are born with a book in their hands, it just seems so natural for them and they love books from the time they are young.
For others, though it can be different, especially for our children who struggle to learn to read. There are things we can do in our homes to encourage reading and to give our children a love of books! There is no guarantee these will work for every child but my guess is that it will for most!
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Have book basket time
This is something we have had in our home, you can read about it here! There are so many different books you can fill this basket up with. You can fill it up with picture books, treasury stories, books on the subjects they are learning about, and much more!
Have great books around the house
Houses with books tend to have readers. Invest in some good bookcases, we have some in almost every room. Have books sitting out on the coffee tables, in baskets, and even in the bathroom. The more they are out the more likely a child will pick it up! You can even decorate with books by using them as stands and table decor. At Christmas, we even decorate with our favorite Christmas books around the house and around the tree!
Read aloud to your children, this has created so many wonderful memories with my children! They just love it! Start young, even babies love to be read to. Don’t stop when they are teens, this is a time to find something challenging to read together which causes great conversations! My husband even loves when I read a great book to him(he doesn’t enjoy reading the same way I do) and my children hear and see this! It is wonderful for the whole family!
Listen to Audio Books
Audiobooks are wonderful! You can listen to them on a car drive, at home, or on vacation! There are some incredible audiobooks that have wonderful readers that bring a story to life! I will be doing a post soon on some of our favorites! Right now we are listening to Harry Potter and it is excellent on audio! Audio Books are a great way to save your voice also, I find as I get older I don’t have as much wind as I used it, listening saves my voice!
One trick I learned when my kids were little was if their bedtime was 9 and I came to tuck them in and pray with them if I told them they could have 15 minutes extra for reading they almost always took me up on it. I mean 15 minutes to stay up, they would do anything! I knew they were getting some reading in and that was instilling a love for reading!
Let them see you read
Children learn best by what they see modeled. If you read a lot they will want to read. Let them see you reading, going to the library on a regular basis, and buying books! Let them know why you love reading and how even as a grown-up you want to keep learning about things! If you are not a reader, at least find some good audiobooks to listen to so your children will know it is important to you!
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