Your children’s literacy skills will improve if you read to them. Even if you don’t have time to sit down and read a book, there are many methods to include reading in your daily routine. You’re missing out if you miss the opportunities to read almost every day.
Find the Reading Moments.
It’s a good idea to bring a book with you on long car rides, bus or train journeys, shopping trips, and even doctor’s appointments. Always have a few reading materials on hand in the event that you are stranded for an extended amount of time, whether in your car, diaper bag, or backpack. Reading only a few pages of a book or discussing some of the images is fine.
Take books and periodicals with you wherever you go with your older children. Electronic games and electronic books are enticing but don’t neglect the importance of reading traditional books as well.
Other opportunities for daytime reading include:
- to wake up the kids and get them ready in the morning or to relax the kids after supper by bathing them (using plastic, waterproof books)
- Opportunities for Reading Outside of the Home
- Opportunities to read are all around you. Encourage your children to look for words and letters (on billboards, store signs, etc.) when riding in a car, bus, or train.
Ask your preschooler to “read” the graphics on the cartons and tell you what they are about while you are out shopping. The difference between the words and images on the boxes should be highlighted. You can help by letting your kids help you out by telling you what to buy.
Include Reading in Your Daily Routine.
Even the most mundane jobs, such as cooking, can provide opportunities to read. Older children can help you cook by telling you how much flour to measure. You can read the recipes aloud to them. In the meanwhile, you can read something to your child while you go through the mail.
You can still promote reading even if you’re short on time. A beloved book might be read to you by your child while you are cleaning, for example. Younger children are able to discuss their favorite books’ illustrations with you.
Reading aloud to loved ones and acquaintances.
Make sure your child receives letters, e-mails, and texts from family and friends so that you can read them together. Encourage your youngster to write letters and send them to family and friends. Siblings of all ages should be encouraged to read to and alongside their younger counterparts. These exercises help children understand the importance of reading and the value of printed material.
Set Aside Some Time for Reading So That Everyone Can Enjoy It
To ensure that your children have time to read even if it means you have to cut back on other activities like watching TV or playing video games, make sure they have time.
Having a good time reading is the most important thing to remember. They are likely to follow in the footsteps of a parent if they witness them reading.