6 Ways to Raise Readers

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Instilling a love for reading in children is one of the most valuable gifts we can give them. Reading enhances their imagination and creativity, improves their language skills, and broadens their horizons. As parents, we are responsible for cultivating a reading culture at home and encouraging our kids to become avid readers. This blog post will explore six practical ways to raise readers, ensuring that our children develop a lifelong passion for books.

 

1. Make Reading Time a Part of Your Child’s Daily Rhythm

Establishing a consistent reading routine is essential for nurturing reading habits in children. Set aside dedicated reading time every day, preferably at a specific hour, and make it a non-negotiable part of their schedule. Incorporating reading into their daily rhythm creates a sense of anticipation and makes it a natural part of their day.


2. Have Children’s Eyes Regularly Checked by an Optometrist

Good vision is crucial for reading comfortably and without strain. Regular eye check-ups by a qualified optometrist can help detect any vision issues early on. By ensuring that your child’s eyes are healthy and their vision is optimal, you create an environment where reading becomes enjoyable rather than a source of discomfort or frustration.


3. Make Read-Alouds a Daily Part of the Bedtime Routine

Bedtime stories are not just for toddlers! Even as children grow older, the magic of a captivating read-aloud can continue to foster their love for literature. Dedicate a specific time before bed to share stories. Allow your child to choose the books occasionally and use different voices and expressions to bring the characters to life. This cozy and bonding experience will leave a lasting impression on their reading journey.


4. Create a Cozy Reading Nook or Corner in Your Home

Transform a corner of your home into a cozy reading nook. Fill it with comfortable cushions, blankets, and shelves filled with age-appropriate books. Make it a special place that your child can retreat to whenever they want to dive into a story. You create an inviting atmosphere that encourages independent reading and exploration by providing a dedicated reading space. Consider organizing your children’s books by season, showcasing stories about different times of the year. This adds variety to their reading choices and helps them connect with the changing seasons and appreciate the beauty of different times of the year while they read.


5. Schedule & Prioritize Reading Time for Yourself – Children Learn via Imitation

Children are observant and tend to imitate the behaviour they see around them. When they witness their parents engrossed in books, they understand that reading is valuable and enjoyable. Schedule regular reading time for yourself and let your children see you immersed in a book. It could be during their reading time or even when they are engaged in their activities. Your example will inspire them to follow suit and prioritize reading in their lives.


6. Listen to Audiobooks on Long Car Rides or During Quiet Time

Audiobooks are a fantastic alternative to physical books, especially during long car rides or quiet moments. They offer a different way of experiencing stories and can be particularly engaging for children. Invest in a collection of age-appropriate audiobooks and listen to them together as a family. This makes journeys more enjoyable and instills a love for storytelling and expands their literary exposure.

 

Raising readers involves intentional efforts and a nurturing environment. Incorporating these six strategies into your family routine can help your children develop a lifelong love for reading. Remember, reading is about acquiring knowledge and fostering imagination, empathy, and a sense of adventure. Together, let’s create a generation of readers who are eager to explore the vast world of literature.

If you’re looking for helpful resources to support your child’s reading journey, check out the “Tools for Very Beginner Readers” collection on Amazon. This hand-picked collection features a range of books, interactive learning tools, and educational resources specifically designed to aid young readers in their early literacy development. Explore the collection and give your child a head start on their reading adventure.

Remember, fostering a reading culture begins with small steps and consistency. Start today and watch your children grow into enthusiastic readers who embrace the power of books in their lives.



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Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.

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