For the last few weeks, we have been talking a lot about reading aloud here! I reached out to several of my favorite bloggers, moms, and literacy experts to get their best tips for preparing our children to become readers.
I would have to say a reading chart has been amazing for my new reader. If she reads a book she gets a sticker and then after so many stickers she gets to pick a prize. She is starting to fall in love with reading.
Lyndsey Borden, My Adventure Called Life
For us it was about getting books that had a subject he was interested in.
Danielle Favreau, Discretion Studios
My advice is to read aloud to your kids every day from birth and specifically to read children’s books that you especially love. Kids can sense when you are enthusiastic about the books you share with them, and that enthusiasm is very contagious. By helping kids associate reading with joy and pleasure, you set them up to be lifelong lovers of books.
Katie Fitzgerald, Read-at-Home Mom
It may sound strange, but the best advice was to let my kids see me reading. Before I started reading around her, my oldest as a toddler wouldn’t sit still for a board book. By the time she was five, we would read on the couch together for hours. She’s still my biggest reader. Kids will learn to value what they see you practicing. Speaking of which, I better get back to my book…
Carolyn Leiloglou, House full of Bookworms
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Encourage them to read by being present during your reading sessions. Put away all distractions and give them your full attention, they will crave these special moments with you and you will begin to cultivate a love of books within their hearts. They will associate books with safety and comfort and you will get to teach them amazing things through the books at the same time.
Samantha Munoz, Addison Reads
Incorporate books into your bedtime routine as early as you can (4 months is not too early) – not only will you create a love of reading and a creating a special connection opportunity, but you also create a strong cue to get your child ready to sleep!
Susie Parker, Sleep Baby Love
I prepare my daughter to fall in love with reading by providing her with fun and exciting adventures and activities which we then relate back to the books we read together. By helping her to make connections and activate her prior knowledge, she is better able to relate to books and see herself in them.
Vicki Wilkinson, Babies to Bookworms
Which of these tips do you intend to try? Or feel free to share your expert opinion in the comments below!
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