This post was written in exchange for books from Kate’s Growing Readers & Usborne Books; however, all opinions are my own.
As a teacher, a question I hear time and time again from parents is, “How can I help my child to enjoy reading”? While I do not claim to have all of the answers (not even close), I do know that engaging with texts from a young age is certainly a good starting place for setting your child up for a future relationship with them. That being said, I thought I would take a moment to share with you all today some things that I am working hard to do with my little (as a mama and teacher) to set the stage for what I hope is a lifelong love for reading.
1. Make books accessible. We keep books in multiple locations. Asher can access them in his room, in the living room and even the car, for that matter. It is important to me that he is able to select texts at his leisure without having to wait for mom or dad to get them for him. You wouldn’t believe how much it makes my mama heart flutter when I walk in a room to see he has picked out a book himself, and he is joyfully reading along in his own little way.
2. Read frequently throughout the day. While we certainly have those routine times of the day where we always read, like bedtime, we also try to find other times throughout our day to make reading a priority. For instance, in the summer, we took time each afternoon to head out to our front porch and read a few books in the sunshine. Now that it’s a bit cooler, we enjoy simply lying down together on the rug or snuggling up in Asher’s rocking chair throughout the day to indulge in a few stories together. I imagine as we get ready to put up our Christmas tree here in just a few short weeks, that will provide us with another cozy locale for a few daily delights as well. Research has shown time and time again that the absolute best way to foster reading skills is by reading. Fancy that – the more you read, the stronger reader you become!