This week we have written about three habits you can start now with yourself and your family in order to build reading habits for the lifetime of your children.
Read Every Day
The most important is to read every day. Twenty minutes is the recommendation but don’t let the number keep you from building the habit. Any amount of time spent in reading is helpful in future literacy success.
Know what good quality books to read
Knowing what books to read also helps build successful reading habits. Balance what your child loves to learn about with good quality picture books that highlight the six pre-literacy skills. The content will motivate her to hear the story and while she listens important literacy building blocks happen.
Be a reader to raise a reader
Lastly, be a reader. Our kids watch everything we do and love mimicking our actions. Make one of those parroting activities be reading. Read while you wait for appointments, read while your child plays independently or make a space for independent reading every night for your family. Make sure your child catches you reading everyday.
Start with these three habits and see how your child’s reading explodes over the course of the year.