CREATING A READING-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT

It’s a good idea to have a lot of books around the house if you want to encourage your children to read. Do you like to read? Ask your children what they enjoy doing. Ask your local library for recommendations if they’re too little to tell you what books they like.

Here are a few more tips:

Always Have a Diverse Selection of Books to Read

For babies, buy board books or books with mirrors and other surfaces. Pictures and rhymes are favorites among preschoolers. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, dictionaries, and other reference books are popular with elementary-aged children.

Even if they can’t read independently, kids can grasp stories they wouldn’t have otherwise. Read a more complex book with your youngster if they are interested. Younger children can look at the illustrations in books and ask questions while reading.

In addition to reading, your children may also enjoy:

  • magazines for kids
  • audiobooks
  • e-mails from relatives
  • photo albums and scrapbooks
  • comic books
  • newspapers
  • websites for kids
  • e-readers or e-books
  • Magnetic alphabet letters for basic reading and alphabet games on a computer or tablet

Keep Reading Materials Handy

It’s best to keep books and other toys together for simple exploring. Placing books near the changing table or high chair might serve as a helpful diversion for younger children. It’s possible to take plastic books into the bath. After feedings and before naps, put books next to your favorite chairs and sofas so you can curl up and read.

As your children get older, you might create a special reading area for them:

  • Provide easy-to-reach book and magazine racks in their preferred hangout spots throughout the house. Organize and make these shelves more attractive.
  • Some of the books should have their covers facing out to be more visible.
  • Bring books and magazines to their favorite spots by putting a basket full of them nearby.
  • Create a reading nook for your children and schedule “reading corner time” each day to encourage them to read.

Make it a Place for Visitors to Feel Welcome.

Reading places should be well-lit. Add seasonal books, new periodicals, and books on subjects your kids are interested in or are learning about in school to the collection frequently to keep things fresh and exciting. Put a piece of your child’s artwork or writing in a nearby corner. To listen to audiobooks, you’ll want to have your gadgets close by.

Boost Your Imagination and Inspiration

You can inspire your children to create their books, posters, or collages by setting up a writing and art center. Reading or sharing the work of one’s children is an important part of childhood development for children of all ages. Act out the narrative with your kids.

Think about the Reading Environment before you begin.

Here are some ideas to pique your children’s curiosity for books:

  • If you want your children to have enough time to read, you should limit their exposure to screens (including TV, computers, smartphones, tablets, and video games).
  • Your youngster should be encouraged to participate in reading and media-related activities by you and your family. However, you can control how much paper and media are allowed into story time, even with today’s high technological use. E-books don’t have to equal less time spent on the couch. Regardless of the format, it’s important to read aloud to your children regularly.
  • Take turns reading. Ask your youngster to read a favorite magazine or book aloud to you. Having a peaceful time together while reading your books should become a regular occurrence for you and your significant other.