Here are some fun and practical ways to make reading a normal and natural part of family life.
* Read aloud to your children.
* Set aside a special time each day that you and your child devote to reading.
* Show your child that reading just isn’t for the classroom. Let your kids catch you reading whenever possible.
* Create a special place for you and your child to read.
* Telling stories from your personal life is a fun way to teach values, pass on family history and build your child’s listening and thinking skills. You could even write a family book.
* Help develop geography and reading skills by making a faux passport and a copy of an oversized world map. Each time you and your child read a story about a different part of the world, color in that country on the map and stamp the passport.
* Build your child’s affection and respect for reading by helping them create their own personal library.
* Recording books is one way to enable a young reader to enjoy a favorite book again and again. Grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters can record their favorite stories on tape or the whole family can join in and play different characters.
* Newspapers, magazines, and books are obvious reading choices, but don’t dismiss road signs, menus, billboards, cereal boxes and lots of other everyday items. Read aloud anything with words and present reading as a way to discover the world.