As a teacher I know how important this is to do at home. When I ask my students...Who reads with you at home? Who do you read to at home? There answer is often nobody. This breaks my heart. If there is one thing that I wish the parents of my students would do it would be to make sure their kids are reading every night. No matter how important I tell my students reading is...this message needs to come from their parents.
So here are some of my ideas on encouraging reading.
- Read (at least 20 minutes) everyday!
- Reread their favorites. I know this can be boring but start pausing at different points and let them fill it in. Gillian has several favorites that she can read to me now since they're memorized.
- Read all kinds of genres: fiction, nonfiction, poerty, and magazines. Gillian loves to read Highlights they have a preschool version called High Five.
- Be a good role model. I often have a book with me too although with the kids around I rarely get through one. It's still good for them to see.
- Go to the library and borrow books. I will be getting Gillian a library card as soon as she's old enough.
I'd love to hear some what you're doing. I'm sure there are tons of other great ideas out there.