How can you inspire a lasting love of reading in your child?

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Most children will learn to love reading if we practice just a few habits in the home.

We're all pretty much convinced that reading develops many benefits for a child. A larger vocabulary, better grammar, spelling, and writing skills, enhancing their creativity--all of these are learned the more a child picks up a book and reads.  

 

It’s important to realize, though, that it’s not enough just to teach our children TO read...we must encourage them to LOVE to read. That love for reading will ultimately allow them to have an undying passion for literature as they grow old.

Use modern technology

When you try to integrate reading with something they are familiar with, the more they will try to make a lasting habit out of it. Kids these days grew up surrounded by technology so they are very much comfortable in using familiar gadgets like tablets, e-readers or laptops. Make use of what technology is good at--for instance, a handy feature of many e-readers is an integrated dictionary, so when kids encounter words they don’t know they can easily and quickly get a definition. There is also a wide variety of reading apps that kids can download to make their reading time interactive and fun experience.

Decorate and add a theme to your reading nook

To entice your kids further, try to set up a quiet, cozy, full-of-books nook in one area of your house. Work with your child in deciding on a theme for the nook. The ideas are endless! If you want a beach theme, it's a no-brainer: towels on the floor, a beach umbrella propped against the wall, a poster of the ocean, and sand buckets to house the books. Looking for other possibilities? How about a pirate's cove, a rain forest, or a spaceship? Having this kind of little corner will turn into their safe space; something that they'll keep preserved as a memory as they grow up.

Read to them before bedtime

That time spent reading a bedtime story is so beneficial on so many levels. It’s a habit they can take even as they grow older. When they're old enough to read, you can start taking turns reading aloud. You can set a schedule for which member is designated to be the speaker or reader on a certain day. What better way to encourage them to love reading than to build a fun family time around it?

 

Looking for a new book to read with the whole family? We've got the perfect idea: 'What If?' by Scott and Tia Turner is an awesome interactive book that discusses the curiosities of life as well as life lessons your child can use as they grow older. Not only will you be able to enjoy the book with the whole family, you can also help with a meaningful cause when you make a purchase today!

That time spent reading a bedtime story is so beneficial on so many levels. It’s a habit they can take even as they grow older. When they're old enough to read, you can start taking turns reading aloud. You can set a schedule for which member is designated to be the speaker or reader on a certain day. What better way to encourage them to love reading than to build a fun family time around it?

 

Looking for a new book to read with the whole family? We've got the perfect idea: 'What If?' by Scott and Tia Turner is an awesome interactive book that discusses the curiosities of life as well as life lessons your child can use as they grow older. Not only will you be able to enjoy the book with the whole family, you can also help with a meaningful cause when you make a purchase today!

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