How can I inspire my child to read?
- Encourage reading in your home Set an example by reading in front of your child for both pleasure and practicality. You can even create a special space in your home where you can read together.
- Spend 30 minutes each day reading together
When reading with your child, ask your child to describe what is going on in the scene or happening in the story.
- Sign your child up for a library card
A library card is essential and free for your child to gain access to countless of books.
- Attend a library event
Most libraries hold weekly or monthly events, such as story times, that you and your child can attend together.
- Become involved at their school
Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher to help monitor his or her progress, and ask what you can do at home to support their reading.
- Applaud your child for reading
Reward your child for reading a certain number of books or finishing a challenging book just as you would other activities such as basketball or piano.
- Give books as presents
Give books as a gift, especially on topics your child will love, to encourage and support their interests.
- Help your child write their own stories
Encourage your child to write stories based on his or her experiences or favorite characters from other books, movies or TV shows.
- Make flashcards to learn new words
Help your child study new vocabulary words or create colorful bookmarks to mark his or her place.
- Take your child to the eye doctor
Schedule an eye exam to ensure that any vision problems are promptly addressed.