School has started again, and while the summer may have been filled with many books and lots of reading, the fall can sometimes hinder a child’s reading habits. Add on extracurricular activities as well as homework and as you can see this can get in the way of light reading.
My family has always been the proponents for reading. From an early age with both of our daughters we spent many hours reading with them and this time paid off immensely. We now find that our daughters are at the top of their classes in regards to reading and we truly believe that it stems from the time that we spent early on.
There also is no substitute for letting your kids see you read too. By letting your kids see you in this way, they are not simply being told to do as I say, but instead you are leading by example as well.
When your child does read, ask them questions. Learn about what they like and do not like about books and let them know the same about you. Not only will this break down some barriers with your kids but it also shows that you are truly interested in them.
Pick up a book that you think they would love as a gift and read it together. This not only promotes independent reading, but it also promotes and encourages active learning and engagement with the books that they are reading.
While bedtimes are important, have a little flexibility or build in time for your child to read at night. If your child typically goes to bed at 9:00 PM then consider the possibility of changing the time to allow them to read a bit longer or have your child go to bed at 8:30 and allow them to read until 9:00 pm.
These are all ways in which you can help your kids to love reading no matter what time of the year it is!