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I read constantly and so do my children. Reading is key to future success in school and adult life. We developed reading habits at an early age and it is an integrated part of our day. I can hardly imagine a day without any of us reading.
Rise and shine to a world of reading. My girls are in the habit of reading and leaving notes about the day on the bathroom mirror. There may be a note about schedule changes for the day or notes of encouragement. My teens often read the nutritional labels on the breakfast items they eat. Younger kids might enjoy reading to you the back of the cereal box. While they are waiting for the ride to school or while you are gathering items for your morning errands, encourage your child to read a book for enjoyment.
Open a book to a day of adventure. No matter where your day takes you, there is an opportunity for reading. Keep your child’s favorite story book in your bag for those waiting room moments. Bring your own book, too. Modeling is essential to encouraging young readers. Be sure to check out the summer reading activities at your local library. They will be starting before too long. Our local library even hosts a day with carnival games and prizes. My children have out grown the activities but now volunteer to help with the games.
Reading is not just the evening’s homework. I encourage you to set up a homework area for your school are children. We always had the children spend at least 30 minutes there after school. If there was no homework for that day then they could read for the 30 minutes. If you are busy nearby, have them read aloud to you. This skill helps with their reading comprehension.
Children can help with the dinner success. Reading is not just in books. Practical reading can be in a recipe or product labels. Many of your boxed meals have pictures and just a few words. This is an opportunity for early involvement in the kitchen and reading for your child. They are also more likely to eat supper if they helped make it.
Reading is a ticket to a dreamland of opportunities. Every child tries to push their bedtime later. My girls were allowed to read for a half hour past bedtime. They would drift off to sleep dreaming of the adventures they discovered in their book.
My children are book geeks, but they are proud of it. They seldom complain about the reading that is required in school. Reading is the key to knowledge throughout your life. Enjoy these activities with your kids