Do you want your child to develop a love for reading?
Do you want to give them all the tools they need to become a lifelong reader?
Imagine….your child exploring other worlds and traveling to new places as their imagination soars, simply from reading a book.
Imagine….them learning valuable lessons from the characters in the stories they read. Lessons about life, values like kindness and gratitude, loving others, and so much more.
Imagine….them continuing to love reading throughout their growing-up years, even during middle school, high school and beyond.
I believe that reading books to your child is one of the best gifts you can give them.
And I believe that developing your child into a lifelong reader is not only possible, but that it’s also simple.
However, simple doesn’t necessarily mean it is easy. It will take effort and commitment on your part.
There are too many variables in life for an exact prescribed formula to work for every single person. It’s just not realistic. However, there are three simple things that you can do to promote reading in your home. And if you do these three things consistently, you will be well on your way to developing your child into a lifelong reader.
The three simple things you can do to promote reading in your home are:
- Read to your child daily. It doesn’t matter if they are older and you didn’t start sooner, start today.
- Make books available in your home. Create book baskets (which is as simple as putting a bunch of books in a basket) or just put a pile of books on the table and see what happens. You do not need to purchase books, you can simply get books from the library.
- Make sure your child sees you reading. What a great excuse to read books you love! I recommend reading physical books versus e-books otherwise they’ll think you are just on your phone all the time. Ask me how I know. :/
That’s it! Simple as cake. Or pie. Or whatever that saying is!
Again, simple doesn’t always mean easy. So you need to follow through on these three things consistently if you want to see results.
If you need a little help to stay on track, I recommend using a tracker. You can use a simple checkbox tracker or write down the names of the books you read together.
I wrote a list when I signed my twin girls up for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program at the library. Honestly it was a bit of a pain to write all the books down that we read. BUT it kept us on track AND I love that we have that list to look back on.
I love little keepsakes like that – it makes me happy. 🙂 So, I think it’s worth the extra effort. But you do what works best for you!
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