How to Make Reading an Everyday Activity

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How to Make Reading an Everyday Activity

We’re all so busy these days, kids included, that it can sometimes seem difficult to find a block of time to devote to reading. But nothing’s more portable than a book, so you can read with your child any time, anywhere. Here are some ways to make reading part of your child’s everyday routine:

  • Read them into dreamland. There’s a reason so many parents read to their children just before bed—sharing a book is a soothing, comforting way to end the day and prepare your youngster for a restful night’s sleep. Toddlers thrive on routine and repetition; try to read in the same place and at the same time every night. Before long, your little one will come to associate a book with turning in for the night.

  • Unplug the distractions. The TV, computer, cell phones, iPod, etc. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to read to a child who is distracted by a blaring TV or radio—or a parent who can’t concentrate because the phone keeps ringing. Make reading your time to bond. Everything else can wait.

  • Choose books that imitate life. What in her little world is your child noticing, exploring, and asking questions about? She’ll be fascinated by a book specifically about that subject.

  • Take it on the road. Going on a long car ride? (And sometimes any car ride is too long for a toddler.) Headed for the doctor’s office, where you’ll have to wait? Bring along a few of your child’s favorite books to keep him occupied.

  • Family reading in bed
  • Set an example. Let your child see you reading whenever possible, whether it’s a book, a newspaper, a magazine or something else. You are your child’s ultimate role model. Show her that reading is an important part of your life, and you’ll help promote early childhood literacy.

  • Select books tailored to your child’s age. Children of different ages have different interests, language abilities, and levels of comprehension. A book that’s right for a two-year-old isn’t right for a five-year-old. That’s why Early Moments has different book clubs for different ages. This Web site also offers different ways to use our books with different-age children.

  • Don’t limit reading to books. Just about everywhere you look, there’s something to read—road signs, billboards, even cereal boxes. Encourage your child to read them, even if he can only name a few letters. Praise him and he’ll look for more reading opportunities.

 

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