Helping your Children to Love Reading

Reading with young children provides a great opportunity for talking and listening and showing an interest in the written word.  Here are some fun ways to help your little one develop a love for reading.

Develop a Special Bond

Sitting together on the sofa or under the sheets, in your own private den promotes lots of cuddling and physical contact with your child. Children will not only be enjoying the book you are reading, they will also be relishing in the quality time you are spending together and having your undivided attention.

Father Reading with Child on Lap

Set Up a Good Reading Routine

Try to incorporate reading into all your daily routines.  Having a bedtime story in the evening is a great way to settle little ones into their bedtime routine and relax before going to sleep. But you can also have a morning read, a bath time read or buggy book read when you’re out and about!

Have the Right Types of Book

My daughter would sit and listen to me read, book after book.  My son however was a lot more active and would rarely sit and listen for too long.  I found interactive books worked well with him, having buttons to press, fabrics to feel and flaps to lift really helped engage him for longer periods of time.

Baby Reading with Parent

Repetition is Key

My daughter loved The Snowman; we would still be reading this book to her in the summer and there was a temptation to hide the book so we didn’t have to go through it again! As much as you might grow tired of some books it’s worth it to keep going, what we noticed with her, was she had memorised her favourite passages and was eager to share key phrases herself — both signs of increasing readiness to read.

Be Animated

There is no need to be shy around your children! Use your best farm animal sounds and Daddy Bear impressions! Your little ones will love it and get more out of the story.  You may even want to introduce some signs or puppets to engage them further!

Mother reading with child

Point to words

Where ever you go and all around your home point to words in your environment.  Even the youngest of toddlers can recognise STOP on a stop sign. Although your children can’t read ‘duck’, seeing the word printed in a book, along with a cute picture of a duck, will show that the printed text carries meaning and help excite their interest in reading.

Talk

Talk to your child about what they are experiencing and everyday routines.  Sit together as a family for at least one meal a day. Research suggest families who talk with their children at meal times, grow up with having much larger vocabularies. Don’t be afraid to use complex words and phrases. Encourage questions and explanations.

Father and Children Reading

Set a good example

When they are young all their learning is from you and they will copy what you do. Show your child your own love of reading and have lots of books around the home.

Please comment below and let us know how you will be celebrating World Book Day this year!

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