Let’s face it, reading opens the door to adventures and learning. Taking the time to read to children is not only a great bonding experience that you can both enjoy together, it is also a great way to inspire your child to love reading. I have a rule. Whenever, my son asks me to read him a book, I read it. No matter if I am busy or tired. I know he will only be asking me that for so long and so I make time and I savor it. He loves to read and so does his sister. She has already stopped asking me to read. Now I ask her, if I can read to her! I enjoy getting a peek into her books. She is a voracious reader and I think it is because I have been reading to her since she was a tiny baby. Here are a few tips for how to encourage kids to read more this summer! This post is sponsored by RainbowLeaf Books on a mission to spread joy, one page after the other.
How To Encourage Kids To Read
1. Read To Your Kids
Reading to your children is probably the best way for how to encourage kids to read. They associate reading with time and attention from you and as enjoy the books they will learn to associate books with fun, imagination, and learning. They will also begin to recognize sight words as they look back over books you have read them and try to remember what each page says.
2. Read With Your Kids
I know that looks similar to the first one but it is different. Once your kids are starting to learn to read, it is great to build up their confidence and skills by letting them read to you. Be patient and encouraging. You can start with easy words they might know and have them read the word you point to with just one word on each page. You can adjust that to their reading level and have them read every other page. Reading out loud is often a stumbling block so encourage them and they will feel pride in their accomplishment. After kids become proficient readers, reading together still continues to encourage the love and joy in reading.
3. Give The Reading Goals
Set goals that you and your child will be comfortable with. For picture books, you might challenge them to read one a day and tell you what it was about. Of for more advanced readers, a chapter a day. Have these fun learning opportunities come before screen time each day.
4. Try A Reading Chart
Your child may enjoy a free printable reading chart to track their progress and you may even decide to offer them a reward for every 5, 10, or 20 books depending on what a voracious reader your child is.
5. Try a Family Book Club
Another fun way to encourage reading is to involve the whole family in a family book club.
RainbowLeaf Books For Kids
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Do you encourage kids to read more as part of their fun summer activities? Which of these tips for how to encourage kids to read most resonates with you? Do you do nightly bedtime stories? Have you read A Very Squeaky Mystery with your child?