5 tips to help your child read a variety of different books
Today, a passionate children’s author and educationalist, Jenny Graham from ABCJenny is sharing with us more great ideas about getting children to read.
Jenny says reminds us how important it is to encourage children to read. Reading is a life skill that will stay with them for life and empower them to have more interesting and fulfilled lives.
1. Show them why reading matters
As Dr Seuss reminds us, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Show your children all the things they will be expected to read in one day. These might be signs, menus, letters, emails, text message, road signs, lyrics, subtitles on their favorite shows and more.
2. Different books help broaden their knowledge
If a child lives in the dry Australian outback they are unlikely to know what snow is. Alternatively, if they live in chilly Canada they are unlikely to know what how dust can burn the back of your throat.
Different books help children learn a deeper, richer vocabulary, too.
Books can be fiction or nonfiction, they can be picture styled reference books or chapter books that tell a fascinating tale.
3. Go to places where there are books – lots of them
Make going to the library or your local bookstore a regular thing. Thrift shops also have a lot of books for bargain prices.
Helping your children to browse books can be nearly as exciting as reading them!
4. Share books with your grandchild all day, every day
Sit down and share a book with your child. If they struggle to read, take it in turns.
Afterwards you can share what you’ve learned and talk about what happened in the story.
5. Using the school library
Always encourage your children to use their school library. It’s okay for them to ready any kind of book, and to read the same book over again. As well, they could explore nonfiction books, fantasy stories or reference books. It doesn’t matter, as long as they are reading.
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