Reading to Children
By Sarah Holt
Reading to your children is a great way to spend quality time
with them. Follow these easy steps for reading to the children
in your life.
Reread the Same Books
Kids love repetition when it comes to books. Unlike many adults,
they love knowing what is going to happen next and delight in
the anticipation of getting there.
Reading to children is enhanced by interaction. Asking questions
about the book will allow children a chance to talk about how
they are experiencing it, as well as encouraging active listening.
Go To the Library
There is something about ownership of a library card that
can make the idea of books more appealing to kids. Setting aside
a time every week to go can be fun for everyone.
Read Before Bed
Reading to children at bedtime daily can become a much anticipated
ritual. It gives children something to look forward to and provides
a wonderful way of relaxing them for the transition to sleep.
Read yourself. Often and where they can observe.
Read All Kinds of Things
Novels, short stories, biographies, poems, etc. Also don't
rule out encyclopedias. They make great illustrated ones geared
for children that can make learning about any subject fun and
Keep Reading Aloud Even When They Are Old Enough to Read
Reading to children is still valuable when the children are
independent readers. They can have books read to them at a higher
level than they are able to read alone, or they can take turns
reading aloud if the book is at their level.
Make a token system where they chart how many books they have
read, or the hours spent reading, and reward them with something,
such as a new book.
Start Traditions Around Reading
Children love traditions. Reading to children can become a
much anticipated one when it is associated with something fun.
For example, allowing them to open a wrapped book every Christmas
Eve and reading it to them.
Use Books On Tape
If you find yourself driving around a lot, or at home with
a hoarse voice, books on tape can be life savers. Pop one in
and listen along with the children, as everyone kicks back and
Taking the time to read to children is a wonderful way to
show you care. Start today with the above tips to make it a time
for all to look forward to.
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