We have all heard the saying, “Reading is fundamental”. And, it is fundamental indeed. Born into a family of educators, I developed a joy for reading at a very early age. I have loved to read for as long as I can remember. Often completing a book a day, I couldn’t wait to begin my next literary journey. Now, as my husband and I are raising two young boys, we are trying to instill that same joy of reading into them. Here are some ideas that we have used to help our children learn to love reading:
● Reading to them in utero
● Reading to them at bedtime (or anytime, for that matter) – my husband has read many of the classics, as well as Harry Potter and Hunger Games
● Frequent trips to the library
● Allowing them to choose books that are of interest to them, whether they can actually read them or not
● Shopping for books at the school book fair – we started this in preschool
● Encouraging them to read in different and unique places – outside, at the park, in bed, on the floor, etc.
● Consistently communicating the importance of reading
● Making sure they see us reading for fun or leisure
How do you make reading fun for your kiddos?
Until next time-
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:14-15NIV)