Advice From A Teacher: How To Get Your Little Ones To Read More (Part 2)
Retell stories and make connections when you’re talking with your kids. Find Part One of Lauren's blog here!
- Head to the Library
We make trips to the library on a regular basis. I allow the kids to pick out books that they want and they love bringing home new books each week (or the same ones over, and over, and over again - I think we have worn a path in the floor leading to the fairy tales at our local library). The library is a great place to find new books, try new genres, and save money! As an added bonus, your local library probably offers children’s programs to support language development and reading. When my children were babies, we spent time at the library in Mom and Baby classes singing songs and reading books. There are also toddler programs and programs for older kids. Check out what your local library has to offer!
- Get your family involved
My kids love to read with me but they also love reading with others. When they are with their grandparents, they love to snuggle up and read with them. During the pandemic, it is a great time to call a grandparent, an aunt, uncle, or cousin and share a story online!
- Have fun with it!
Make the silly sounds. Use the funny voices. Talk about the crazy pictures. Sing the songs in the books. Making reading time memorable and enjoyable for everyone.
Read joke books. Read recipes. Read sport statistics. Read Search and Find books. Read Lego instructions. Read the back of Pokemon or hockey cards. Reading is all around us all the time. My kids love to play word games, sing songs, rhyme, create alliterations, search for letters and words when we are out and about and have fun with language. It doesn't have to be hard or tedious because we are reading all the time. Even young children will begin to recognize signs, symbols and labels on items all around them if you point them out. They will start to recognize their own name and see letters not just as separate but as tools they can use and manipulate to make words and have fun with language. Reading and conversations helps develop those abilities.
Guest Blogger Spotlight
One of our Welo Ambassadors, Lauren (@lauren_makes_lunches) is a teacher and mom who makes the most creative lunches for her kiddos! Check out part one of this blog here.