To quote the renowned Dr. Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Just like the good doctor, we love reading at North Shore Christian School. In fact, we love it so much that we celebrate Literacy Week next week on our Lynn Campus. As a part of this celebration, we are also hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on March 21st. Who doesn’t love getting a new book and supporting our school all at the same time?
Reading is such a vital skill in our society today. It not only develops the mind, but it can also help our students discover new ideas and promote curiosity and imagination. It is so rooted in our everyday lives that it is tantamount to breathing; sometimes we don’t even realize we are doing it.
How, then, do we encourage our children to become lifelong readers? There are many steps we can take as parents that can support even the most reluctant readers to pick up a book and enjoy a story of their choosing. Here are a few suggestions.
Make Reading a Routine
Days can be filled with lots of activities, sports, homework, and other obligations. Try to make reading a part of your regular routine even if it is just for a few minutes a day. Many parents find that reading together at night is a great way to share time with your child while, at the same time, encouraging reading. Reading as part of a nighttime routine is also a good way to wind down with your child and strike up conversations about the reading or even about their day.
Be a Role Model
Our children watch what we do and adjust accordingly. Be a reading role model for your child. Find your own joy in reading, be it in books, magazines, newspapers, or whatever medium you like. Share what you like about what you are reading with your child. For example, if you like a good mystery, explain to your child how you like the intrigue or excitement of solving the problem. If you enjoy catching up on the sports section in the newspaper, explain which players you follow or what stats you look for when you read.
Make Books Available
The key to reading is having books available. Create a reading nook in your child’s bedroom or, better yet, make it in a room where the whole family can read, like the den or living room. Get your child their own library card and make frequent visits to the library. Remember, books make fantastic gifts that your child can pass along or trade with friends.
If your child loves movies, find a book that has a film adaptation so you can read, then watch the movie after you have finished the book. That gives amazing opportunities to compare and contrast what the book was like in written form versus on the big screen.
Take Reading Mobile
If you find yourself in the car often driving to activities or on vacations, then make reading part of your trip. Audiobooks are readily available and can treat the whole family to a story during a long car ride.
How do you plan to celebrate literacy week? Ask your child what they love about reading and how they are celebrating in their classroom.