Reading aloud to your children each day will expose them to a number of stories, characters, and plots. They will soon learn how interesting children’s books can be, and are likely to want to learn how to read on their own as they get older. Reading aloud should be done for 20-30 minutes each day. Many parents choose to read one or two books to their children just before bedtime. Reading is a relaxing activity that can wind down children after a busy day.
Taking your children to the library can be a great way to get them interested in reading. This allows you to expose them to educational kids’ books without having to purchase them yourself. Getting them their own library card can teach them to love reading, as well as responsibility for property that is not their own. Ask the librarian to show you and your children around the kids’ section so that both of you can get a feel for the place. Also inquire about story time and other activities.
As you read children’s books to your kids, be sure to interact with the story. Use special voices for each character. Ask your children questions to keep them involved in the activity. This will also hold their interest, and teach them that they have to pay attention so that can give the right answers. Purchase books that have been made into a movie. Watch the movie with your children after reading the books, and discuss the similarities and differences between the two.
Create a good reading environment for your children. Have a specific space for your kids to look through children’s books that includes a book shelf and comfortable furniture such as a bean bag chair or child recliner. Make sure there are several books that the child enjoys in the book case. Avoid forcing your child to read or listen to you read aloud. This can help them grow to hate reading and books.