Nurturing your Children to Become Lifelong Readers
What can parents do to instill a passion for reading in their children? Dr Susan Hall gives some fun literacy-based ideas.
According to leading literacy experts, a child’s reading development begins before they start kindergarten. The activities that you and your child engage in together, prior to entering elementary school, are extremely important for building a strong literacy foundation – for future academic success. But what exactly can parents do to instill a passion for reading in their children?
Here’s a list of fun literacy-based ideas parents and children can do together to promote a lifetime of reading pleasure.
This 15-20 minute time period is important because it establishes a great habit and prepares kids to carve out their own daily reading time when they can read independently.
When you are reading to your child pause periodically and ask open-ended questions. Expand upon your child’s answers and have them suggest alternative characters and endings. Ask them to make predictions based upon what you have read or the images in the book. It’s so important to engage children as active listeners by participating in animated conversations throughout the story instead of listening to a story read from beginning to end without stopping. Interactive reading at home supplements what kids know at school, as teachers move through 6 critical phases to improve reading comprehension.
Make a special trip to the library to check out books. Ask the librarian to show your child how to find books on self-selected topics. Pick a day of the week to return to the library on a regular basis. Align experiences to what you’re reading. For example, read a book about vegetables and then talk about them while eating a meal together.
such as magazines, take-out menus, letters and ads. Discuss how the print appears and all the possible purposes including informing, educating, persuading or amusing.
For example, open up an app on your Smartphone and ready the daily weather report to your child. If it’s cold and windy with a chance of snow, have your child decide how they should dress for this weather.
Reading skills and reading comprehension skills require thinking, asking questions, integrating information, and drawing conclusions. Ask open-ended questions about your child’s day or the story you just read together. Ask lots of “why” questions such as, “Why do you think the pediatrician asked how many fruits and vegetables you eat each day?”
Educational research supports parental involvement to positively influence their child’s reading development. Integrating reading and language skills into daily family routines and activities is easy and influences your child’s vocabulary and oral language skills. Enjoy this time with your child, as you set the stage for them to become engaged and fluent readers.