Convincing your children to read can be a difficult task, especially when television and video games are so accessible. How, in a world so focused on technology, can we encourage children to step away from the remote and pick up a book?
You’ve heard the phrase ‘monkey see, monkey do.’ In order to change your child’s habits, you also have to focus on your own. If you’re spending a lot of time in front of the television and computer screen, your children will follow your example. The same is true about reading, so it’s important to set aside certain times during the day for reading so your children will start getting in the habit of doing the same.
Reading out loud can introduce your children to storytelling and help your children learn to enjoy reading. Creating funny voices for characters or acting scenes out can make reading a fun and interactive experience for children.
If your family has a lot of interesting stories, create your own family history book. This may become an interesting family artifact.
In the month of March, educators and their students around the country will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday, as well as “Read Across America Day.” Our teachers here at our school will tie in fun art projects and science experiments to go along with those themes and to reinforce what their students learned while listening to various books. How do you make reading fun?
Lauren Baldwin is a proud mother to 2 boys under age three, as well as the owner of The Goddard School located in Marlboro, New Jersey. As a childcare expert for over 11 years and a mother herself, she is committed to providing a safe, happy, and healthy environment where learning is also fun for the children in her preschool.