Since I was a child, Reading and Writing have always been something that I have enjoyed. I can remember, as a young girl, going to the library with my dad and picking out books to take home. It was always an exciting time. Both of my parents would read to my brother and I before we went to bed. I know that this is a huge reason why I enjoy reading today.
I feel like it is super important to introduce books and reading to our children as early as we can. How many of us moms would read to our bellies when we were pregnant with our first babies? That was not crazy at all! LOL
Whether you sit down with your toddler and look at a picture book or if you read the same Dr. Seuss book over and over again, reading is something that a child can LEARN to enjoy.
Recently my son, who just started first grade, said to me that he didn’t like reading. I know he didn’t mean it, because he actually just learned how to read and he gets excited when he sits down with a book and is able to read the words. I think he just wanted to get out of doing his homework that day so he could play. 🙂
I started to think more about the whole topic of children and reading after getting an instruction sheet from one of my children’s teachers. It was titled “How to make Readers out of your Children”. These were some of the points listed:
- Follow your child’s interest – if your child enjoys pretending to be a superhero, then look for superhero books. If your child likes dinosaurs, then get them a book about dinosaurs. Providing them books about things they like will definitely spark their interest in reading.
- Share books YOU enjoyed as a child – The Dr. Seuss books are timeless when it comes to children and reading. My kids love Green Eggs and Ham. I think I may have memorized it by now. LOL
- Get a collection of fairy tales, riddles, or joke books
- Find an Interactive Book – Some of my favorite interactive books are the “Look and Find” books where you are instructed to find certain objects on the page. They get so excited trying to be the first one to find what we are looking for.
- Take your child to the library. This is big for us. As I said in the beginning of the post, the library was a huge influence on sparking my interest in reading books as a child. I wrote a post a while back called Library Books are a Special Part of our Daily Lives. Be sure to check it out.
- Get “How To” Books
Those are just a few ways that you can get your child interested in reading books. And even AFTER your child learns to read, it is still important to read TO them. When you read a book to a child they are more likely to pick up that same book later on and read it themselves. Children also like to read what they CHOOSE to read, so allow them to pick a book the next time you sit down to read together.
And another key point is that children who enjoy reading, actually do better in school. As they get more and more comfortable with reading at home, they will be more comfortable and have a better self esteem about reading in school.
This bit of info really helped me to understand the importance of reading with my children and I hope that it will also help you as well.
How about you? Do you read to your children? Do you go to the library? What reading rituals do you have in your family? I would love to hear your comments!