Little Miss Teacher Blog

By Clara Fiorentini

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Encourage Reading At Home!

Hello everyone!

As teachers, we can only do so much when it comes to encouraging reading. It can not be denied that when children are encouraged to read at home, it shows! Living in a world with so much technology and games consoles to contend with, reading becoming less and less of a go-to hobby. 

I like to give out packs for parents in September for encouraging learning at home....outside of homework! One of the things I include is a tip sheet for encouraging reading in the home. 

Hope it' of use!

Tips for encouraging reading at home

Reading at home is so important!
J Here are some tips for making your home a reading friendly environment J

1. Look for things your children might like to read. Use their interests and hobbies as starting points. Notice what attracts your children's attention, even if they only look at the pictures.

2. Leave all sorts of reading materials including books, magazines, and colourful catalogues around your home.

3. Let your children see you reading for pleasure in your spare time.

4. Take your children to the library regularly. Explore the children's section together.

5. Present reading as an activity with a purpose; a way to gather useful information for building a craft or reading a recipe for cooking.

6. Encourage older children to read to their younger brothers and sisters.

7. Play games that are reading-related.

8. Set aside a regular time for reading in your family. As little as 10 minutes of free reading a day can help improve your child's skills and habits.

9. Read aloud to your child. The pleasure of listening to you read, rather than struggling alone, can build enthusiasm for books and reading.

10. On gift-giving occasions, give books and magazines based on your child's interests.

11. Treat your children to an evening of entertainment featuring books! Too many regard reading as a serious activity. A joke book is always a good investment. 

12. Offer other special rewards to encourage your child's reading.  

15. Limit your children's TV viewing in an effort to make time for other activities, such as reading.  

16. Not all reading takes place between the covers of a book. Take advantage of spur-of-the-moment opportunities for reading – road signs, menus, posters!


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