One of the most important things we can give our children is a love for reading. How do we do this? We do this by giving our little ones (including babies) every opportunity to discover books.
In our house we keep a large basket filled with colorful, fun, soft cloth books and chunky board books. We keep this basket in our living room where the books can easily be accessed by our baby and toddler throughout the day.
Here are some ideas to help your child develop a love for reading:
- Read to them everyday! Make this a special time with no TV or other distractions. Bedtime is a great time for this as it allows your child to settle down.
- Visit your local library. Most libraries offer story times for .
- Switch out some of your child's old books with new ones to keep up the interest. Yard sales and thrift shops are great places to find children's books at incredible prices!
- Make reading fun! Be expressive when you read and point out point out objects, talking about them with your child as you go.
- Model a love for reading! When your children see you reading books on a regular basis, they will follow. After all our children model what we do, not what we say. If we want our children to love reading, we must love reading ourselves!
Studies show that early exposure to books can increase your child's reading development and give them a greater ability to learn. By discovering books your child is learning about the world around them. They will also learn the very important lesson of sitting still and listening. This will be vital down the road in the school years.
When my two oldest children were babies reading was very much a part of our everyday lives. I read to them daily. For a time I did not see my son and daughter wanting to read on their own. However, now that my children are able to read I find them with their nose in a book quite frequently and I can now see that all my hard work paid off!
What are some of your favorite children's books and what do you do to encourage reading in your home?