There are so many benefits to reading, including improved literacy and brain function. Forming good reading habits at a young age is crucial for cognitive development. Here are a few ways you can encourage your child to read:
Need ideas for weekly outings with the family? Take your kids to the library or bookstore! It’s a great way to get out of the house — and your kids form a habit of picking up new books regularly. Depending on the book type and your child’s age, allow them to choose 1-3 books a week. They’ll look forward to their weekly trip to the library, and grow to love reading.
Children thrive in environments with routine and structure. Routine supports cognitive development and helps children develop good habits. If you want your child to be a lifelong reader, start by reading to them at bedtime. Reading for 30 minutes at bedtime is not only a great way to bond with your child but will get them excited to read every day.
If books are there, your child will read them! Therefore, it’s important to keep a variety of books and genres in the playroom, living room, home library, etc. Furthermore, if your child sees you reading in your freetime, they will feel inclined to do so as well. Talk to your child about what you’re reading and ask them what kinds of books they’d like to add to their collection.
During car rides, it’s easy to distract your child with a tablet or toy. If you want to encourage your child to read, keep several books in the car within arm’s reach. With access to books in their home and in the car, your children are forming the habit of reading in their free time — not just for school or at bedtime.