Read with Children
It’s that time of year again when new year’s resolutions are flying about. Don’t forget to include reading among your resolutions this year! It is one of the most important things adults can do with children to help ensure their success in school and life. Here are a few great resolutions to help make reading with your child a part of your daily lives:
Read in front of your children— Children who see their parents or caregivers reading are more likely to read themselves. Reading magazines, newspapers— even cereal boxes—counts as long as your children see you doing it.
Visit the library— Make sure you and your child have a library card. What can be better than new books every week? And the best part, it’s free.
Read every day— During lunch, after dinner or before bed are all great times for a story. Pick at least one time during the day and try to make it a regular habit. It makes it more likely that you and your children will remember, and reduces the risk that any reluctant readers will start to negotiate for another time.
Choose a series of books to read together— The Magic Tree House, Little House on the Prairie, or Harry Potter. Read them all together and celebrate when you finish the whole series.
Have fun with books!—Use funny voices when reading aloud, have your child draw his/her favorite scene from the book, be creative or silly to show your child that you enjoy reading and that books are fun.