Sunday, 2 November 2008

How to use children's book to encourage kids to read

Reading skills are critical for preschool learning and childhood development, but sadly, many of today's kids would rather watch television or play a video game than read a book. Getting your kids to read can be a challenge, but with the use of quality children's books, it doesn't have to be an insurmountable one.

Steps
1.The first step to read to your child at an early age. Many people have fond memories of their parents reading them bedtime stories, and reading to your child will help foster a love of words and reading.
2.Fill your child's room with books. Kids who grow up with books all around them learn to think of books as friends, and allies in their persuit of adventure and learning.
3.Be a good reading "role model" for your children. Let them see you reading, and how much you enjoy reading books and magazines.
4.As your child grows, introduce him or her to books that match their interests and hobbies. Show them how a good book can expand their knowledge in a particular area, and expand their horizons as well.
5.Encourage your child to find new books on their own to read. While showing your child books is a good way to build their interest level, a child who finds new books on their own can benefit from an increased sense of independence.
6.Get your child a library card. Show them how a library can be a place of wonder and excitement, and can open up whole new worlds of learning to last a lifetime. And then put the library in your schedule, so you will be sure to visit frequently together.

Tips
1.And lastly, consider setting limits on the amount of time your child spends in front of a televison or video game console. While there's nothing wrong with watching television or playing video games, if you want to child to develop good language and learning skills, make sure they spend just as much time reading a good book.
2.They might not like it now, but chances are they'll thank you for it later in life.
3.Leave books in the bathroom within easy reach of the toilet. Your children are quite likely to pick one up and read it!
4.Put books on the breakfast table. You may see your children reading the backs of cereal boxes already. If you have a few books right in the kitchen, these will probably end up on the morning reading menu.
5.Let your children read after "bedtime". Sleep's important, but getting to stay up a little while can be reason enough to enjoy reading.
6.To learn more about the value of reading with and to children, look for anything by Jim Trelease, author of The Read Aloud Handbook.

Warnings
If you don't read, it's unlikely your children will, either. Set a good example.

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