Did you know that reading for fun improves children’s brains and that it can also give them a maths advantage? These are just two of the benefits of reading for children. But the reality is there are so many more benefits of reading. So it’s a no brainer – you want to encourage your child to read. But the question is, how do you do that? Today I wanted to share some of the strategies I have used with out daughter. Here’s some you can try out to encourage your child to read!
Create a reading habit
It’s never to early to create a reading habit. You can read with babies, toddlers, preschoolers. Just because they can’t read yet, doesn’t mean you can’t create a reading habit. Read to them from as young an age as possible. For school age children, create a routine of snuggling up on the sofa when they get home and need to chill out, or have them read a book to you (as well as you to them!) at bedtime. You can also share reading a book by taking turns to read pages.
And here’s an interesting fact for you about the benefits of reading to children. Did you know that children who are read to for 20 minutes a day before age 5 will earn, on average, $500,000 more in their lifetime.
Be a reading role model
Do you make time to read? It can be super difficult to do so in this busy parent life. But children learn by mirroring. So create a tradition of reading the Sunday papers over breakfast. Or have a stack of books by your bedside. You may only read one or two pages before you conk out…but it at least send the signal that reading is part of your life too.
Create a reading corner
Finding it hard to tempt your child to sit down and read? Try creating a reading corner. Here’s one we created in our daughter’s bedroom with a high back Kids Bean Bag (£24.99) from Bean Bag Bazaar! It’s super comfy and lightweight and I challenge any child not to want to flop down and read in it. Then put up a series of children’s shelves and stock them up with books – we got ours from Argos.
Visit the library
Encouraging your child to read doesn’t have to be expensive. You local library is an amazing and never ending resource full of books to tickle any reluctant reader. Most libraries put on a story time – so find out when that is and take them along. Get involved in their themed weekly challenges which usually run over the summer holidays. You get the picture!
Sign up to a book subscription service
But in reality, sometimes it can be hard work trying to convince your child to the library. Instead, why not look into a book subscription service like Reading Chest. Having some different reading material popping through your letterbox regularly can be quite exciting!
Have a lot of books in the house
As far as I’m concerned, you can never have too many books in the house. Having a large and varied collection of books in the house is likely to help create a reading habit.
Read with them each night
I’ve spoken about the importance of reading at bedtime and I’ll say it again. It’s an amazing way of cultivating little minds at bedtime and is a powerful way to create a reading habit.
Get the book level right
Reading should be fun not frustrating, and frustration can really put a child off reading! If your child is struggling, consider dropping down a level or two until they are confident enough to progress.
Read when you’re out and about
Reading doesn’t always have to be about books. There are so many interesting things out in the wide world to read. Posters, adverts, train announcements and departure boards…the world is your reading oyster!
Show an interest in their reading
Children crave our attention – fact. So to help encourage your child to read, take an interest in what they are reading. Ask questions about the book, the plot, the characters, what they think of it. Have a discussion. You get the gist.
Mix up the genre
Your child may prefer fact based books to stories. Or perhaps a comic or joke book may be more enticing. Experiment with different formats and genres to see what piques their interest.
Play reading games
Yes you heard that right! Reading. Games. Think book bingo, scavenger hunts and reading prompt games. They may not be a book but all are a great way to encourage your child to read. Check out Twinkl for lots of great reading game resources.
And now for the exciting part!
Here’s your chance to win a children’s bean bag from Bean Bag Bazaar to create your very own reading corner to encourage your child to read.
*I was sent a complimentary bean bag by Bean Bag Bazaar
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