how can we create intrest for reading in our children.
• United States
30 May 09
Reading to your children when they are young will create a love of books for your children. Let them see you reading, they'll know it's not just for kids. Go to story time at the library and they will see other kids and adults enjoying books. Make it fun.
• United States
29 May 09
Practice what you preach! Make sure your kids see you reading! I read to my kids, even when they were newborns (they're 8 and 13 now and I still read to them from time to time). When they got a little bit older, every morning we'd sit at the breakfast table and I would read them the newspaper. Anyone with kids - try this, it's fun & you'll find some great articles that relate to what your kids are interested in. You wouldn't believe how many times I'd read an article to my kids & one of them would say "hey, we're learning about that in school" and they'd ask to cut out the article to take in to show their class! We read all about the dinosaur "Sue" being discovered and then found she was being shipped to the Museum of Science in Industry in Chicago - less than an hour away from us! So we visited Sue at the museum. Just make sure you don't hand over the newspaper - there's a lot of things in there you don't want your kids to see. I have them read to me - menus at the restaurant, labels at the grocery store, signs along the road. My son is an avid reader, like me. Despite everything I tried, my daughter wouldn't read for fun. I was in tears. Finally, in 4th grade, something magical happened. I don't know how else to explain it, but she started reading for fun. Now she's an avid reader! I talked to both of my kids about why I love to read and they enjoyed hearing my reasons. I think this helped and made them want to read for themselves.