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As a mom of four rambunctious children, it is sometimes a challenge to get them to sit and enjoy a good book. Our children’s school requires a minimum of twenty minutes a day for reading, which can be a challenge when they get bored so easily. We try to encourage daily reading in our home with all our children, but particularly our oldest two. With my background in Early Childhood Education, I know that reading plays an important part in language development, even if they are just listening to a story or book. Daily reading increases a child’s vocabulary, through exposing them to more words. It also builds comprehension and helps children have a greater understanding of the world around them. This all sounds great, but how do we get our kids to enjoy reading.
Here are a few tips of how I help my kids enjoy reading.
- Help your child pick books within their reading level. When a child is reading a book that is either above or below their level, they can get bored or frustrated quite easily. My son is notorious for choosing books that are not at his level, flipping through it and being done with it just as quickly as the time it takes to sit down. A simple technique I use to know if a book is at a child’s reading level the Five Finger Rule. I actually picked up this rule when teaching. Once your child has picked out a book, have them read a page. Hold a finger up for each word the child does not know. If all fingers are up, the book is too difficult and an easier book should be found. If your child can read the page with no mistakes, a more challenging book should be chosen. This is a technique that you can teach your child to do on their own when picking out books to read.
- Provide a variety of genres to read. Not only is it beneficial for children to be exposed to diverse genres, but they enjoy reading them as well. Comic books, magazines, fairy-tales, fibs, mystery, science-fiction, science, horror, fiction, non-fiction, and newspapers. These genres give something new for readers. Information is presented in different ways. Some children thrive in different genres, helping them become confident as a reader. I suggest making it a habit to visit local libraries and allow your children to check out library books. It is free to sign-up to receive a library card and get started with checking out books. Just be sure to take good care of them and return them on time! There are also a lot of great resources online as well!Online Resources
- National Geographic Kids – Here you can find fun articles about animals and places to read. It also has educational videos and games to play.
- Barnes and Noble – The Kids Nook has thousands of children’s books to choose from! Barnes and Noble also provides books in multiple genres for everyone in the family! This has to be my favorite online golden nugget!
- StoryWeaver – Here you can find a variety children’s books in different languages. Be sure to select English or the language of your choice.
- Library of Congress – This is a really cool resource. It is basically an online library. You can listen or read the books they have on site.
- Explore hands on engaging books. My kids love to look through books that have extra features. Pop up art, textures on pages, extended pages, books with flaps – these things keep my children interested in what is taught in books. Just recently, my kids and I were introduced to Lonely Planet Kids. They are committed to bringing excitement to kids through books about people, places, culture, and wildlife. We received Dinosaur Atlas and How Animals Build. Not only did my kids learn interesting facts from these books, they were so excited to flip through the pages. The pictures are captivating! They have pages that extend, and pictures you can flip-up to learn new fun facts. These books have easily become some of my children’s favorite books. My kids were engaged with these books for thirty to forty minutes! They were a win for all of us!
Reading levels, having a variety of genres, and providing hands on books are just a few tips I use to help my children become more engaged in reading. Hope these tips help! Let me know what points you have to help your children engage in reading!