3 Tips to Create a Lover of Literature
I'm Mrs. Read For Fun, as you know, and am very excited to share some helpful tips with you all. This is the first of many blogs to come that focus on helping you and your children engage in family fun and learning.
I’m sure you’re already wondering how you’re going to get your child to read? Especially books outside of what they require for school. Today, I bring you some tips to help engage your little one in their soon to be favorite stories. Together, you and I will dissect some awesome tips and tricks that will not only help your child to fall in love with reading, but create an opportunity to spend more time with each other as a family.
1. Read out loud with your child
Are you finding it hard at times to put little Johnny to sleep at night? Don’t worry, we have all been there! Kids are always so full of life and energy. A great way to channel some of that liveliness is to get into a good book before bedtime. If your kiddo isn’t reading just yet, you get to steal the stage. Read aloud to them. You can even use silly voices to make the words come to life. Even better, if your child is reading, you can take turns reading out loud to each other. What a fun way to spend time, learn, and expel some energy before bed.
2. Role play your favorite chapter of a book
This tip may sound too involved. Maybe, but it’s easy. If you really want to get creative, you can dress up like the characters. If your child already has a favorite bed time story, you can choose a chapter or a few pages and act out the scene. Role playing helps your child understand in a more relatable way the story and characters. You can get as imaginative as you want to with this one. Costumes, puppets, decorations, and character voices. There are no limits when you and the family are getting creative with your favorite books.
3. Encourage your child to invite friends over to all enjoy a story together
Keeping your children engaged in education can seem hard at times. It seems as though all kids want to do these days is be on their phones or with their friends. You can kill 2 birds with one stone, and have your child’s friends over for group fun. They can start a small book club, and as you go through the stories have discussions about what they are reading and how it applies to their experiences. A step further of course is to create a scene or a play to creatively break down the content they are reading.
Whatever it is that you decide to do as a parent, and as a family, will surely help your child learn and grow. These are small examples of things I did with my children when they were growing up. Keep it simple and keep it fun. There is nothing more exciting than helping to facilitate and create a lifelong reader.
I hope you enjoyed this first post. Please feel free to comment, follow, and submit your own tips that you use to help your children with reading.