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When my son was a wee thing, I pulled out the board books I had bought and been given during my pregnancy and started reading to him. There were many days I felt like what I was doing was pointless. However, to this day…my son would prefer to read over watching television.
It only takes 20 minutes a day to raise a reader. Some days we go above and beyond that amount of time. I never limit my son to just 20 minutes. And some days, when we’re out exploring, we may not get that much time in. But we read every. single. day. In fact, my son will call us on it if we haven’t read to him.
Last month, Literacy Expert Dr. Carolyn Jaynes shared some of her reading tips on Twitter during a party hosted by LeapFrog. You may know that it’s important to read aloud to children. Reading should be active, fun, and engaging. But Dr. Jaynes shares some unique tips you may not be familiar with.
Toddlers and Preschoolers (goal is to make reading a fun part of everyday life):
Play with language sounds—Recite nursery rhymes, play the name game (Mason, Mason, bo bason… ), and make-up nonsense words that introduce different sounds.
Hunt for print wherever you are—Play “find the letter” games with your children in the car, at the park or wherever the day takes you.
Sing the Alphabet Song—The number of versions on iTunes alone is testament to its enduring appeal. Exposure to music can also enhance a child’s ability to recognize patterns and rhythms of
Go on a rhyming treasure hunt—Help your child find objects throughout the day that rhyme with a specific item.
Play listening games—Being able to comprehend words and phrases in sequence is an integral part of literacy. Try a version of Simon Says with an increasing number of commands in a row
such as “Simon Says touch your nose, then jump, then turn around.”
Play beat-the-clock—Help your child link objects to names by opening a book or magazine and asking her to name as many letters, numbers, objects or colors as she can in 30 seconds.
Children in kindergarten and grade school (goal is to get and keep them curious and excited about books):
Start with what your child loves—Studies show that when a child is excited about a book’s topic—especially if he/she gets to choose it—he/she will keep reading. Even the most active child can get lost in a book—or a website, or a comic book —if it’s about something of personal interest. In addition to children’s librarians and bookstore owners, online resources such as the Children’s Choice Booklists can give you countless choices for even the pickiest reader.
Make reading a social experience—Children who see themselves as part of a community of readers are more likely to keep reading. Creating a community can be as simple as chatting with your child about something they’ve read or that you’ve read together. For broader communities, seek out reading circles in local libraries or bookstores, and encourage your child to connect with friends or cousins after school or via email, to form “virtual” book groups.
Remember that skill-building can happen anywhere, and it never ends—The above activities also work with kids who are well on their way to reading fluently. Playing games with words and encouraging vocabulary growth help children recognize that reading is not limited to school time or even to books; but in fact, it is integral to all aspects of life, from travelling to making friends.
One of the ways we “change up” our reading routine is to use our Tag Junior. My son absolutely loves exploring the activities and hearing “Dora” count or Curious George discover colors.
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