Children and Reading: A series on reading part four.

I mentioned in part twothat I am not modelling to my children the importance of reading. I seldom listen to them read aloud and I seldom read to them. That’s been a role that Daddy has enjoyed, but recently he has been working silly hours and I’ve not stepped up to the mark.

Things need to change. Reading opens up some many amazing places in the imagination and lets not even start about the development of creativity, language skills and understanding.

So how can I get my children reading more?

Here are My 5 Tips for getting children to read more.

  1. Get them reading at bed time. Turn off all electrical items and let them have some down time reading.
  2. Get them to a library. Take the time to help them choose some books that are within their reading level and the attracts their attention and interest. (A huge challenge for boys)
  3. Discuss the books that they are reading. What do you think happened next? Why? Why do you think the author wrote that? Which story have you enjoyed the most/ least? Why? Getting children to answer what/ where/ how/ why questions gets them thinking.
  4. Think outside the box– magazines, recipes, blogs, ebooks, non-fiction, facts at museums and zoos etc still require reading skills.

And the biggy…

5.   Read aloud to them. This is the one that I personally find the hardest- but it is a great opportunity to introduce books and authors that the children might not necessarily read.

So, I am going to change the reading situation in our household. I am going to start reading more myself (but I will keep the more gripping novels for the holidays or flights back to the UK!) and I am going to implement My 5 Tips for getting children to read more!

To start, I will bring back bedtime reading both quietly and aloud, and as we are currently enjoying our summer holidys, I will introduce a reading challenge to the family. I will also introduce the girls to Laura Ingles Wilder. I loved her Little House books and I think they will appeal to my girls sense of adventure.

I will post an update on how everyone’s reading is going!

Please feel free to share how you get yourself and your family reading.

About Cheryl

I am a child of God, a wife and a mother of 4 children. Some days are good. Some days are frustrating. Some days are just plain insane. In between the mayhem, I loved to go for walks with our mutt, potter in the garden and enjoy the beauty that surrounded us. That all changed in August 2012 when we waved goodbye to our mutt and garden, our eldest at Uni in Gloucester and moved to Tokyo for 4 months. And yes- we are still here...
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5 Responses to Children and Reading: A series on reading part four.

  1. Hi!I just started following your blog. I have a 6 year old son. We do all of your tips on reading that you’ve listed. On Saturday’s at our local library there is craft time. So, we go for the craft then he picks out books that is appealing to him. That’s a big thing with young readers. If they find the material boring, they won’t be enthused about it. So I always let my boy pick his own books to read or be read to. That is how I encourage him to read even more. 🙂 We also set aside a mandatory SRS as a family. Everyone picks out a book they want and sits down for at least 15 minutes. We all end up sitting for longer than that, but we all enjoy the time together. We’ll talk about what we’ve read too. 🙂

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