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The 10 No Brainer Ways We Get Kids to Read More in Our Household.
I actually consider myself pretty lucky. My kids have always had a thirst for reading. Maybe it was because I read to them all the time as babies and toddlers. Maybe it was because they loved the one-on-one time when we read. Maybe it was because it was also part of the snuggly night-time routine. Whatever the reason, I firmly believe it’s a needed lifetime habit to acquire early. For this reason, I highly suggest doing whatever we can as parents to get kids to read more.
These are the 10 ways we’ve encouraged our kids to read more through the years:
1.Start Kids Reading at an Early Age.
I distinctly remember reading to our oldest even when she was a little teeny thing. My husband used to laugh, because how the heck did she even know what I was saying? But research is showing that babies learn about the world by talking to them. So why not read to them, too? Just the inflection in your voice plus the pictures will have them mesmerized. And learning that books are related to enjoyable times embeds that core memory early on.
2.Make Kids Reading Fun.
My kids give the most adorable belly laughs when I use voices. But also, I added in hand motions a lot, too. It sort of helps the flow of the story when there are stalls or long prose. But that’s not the only way to make it fun. Act out scenes from the story. Talk and laugh about the story. Anything to encourage getting more kids reading time and book time will keep them coming back for more.
3.Make Books Abundant.
One way I know to guarantee my kids will read is to make books available and abundant. To some adults, the library is quite possibly one of the most boring places on earth. But to a kid that loves to read, it’s paradise. This is one reason mine love the summer, because they know we’ll be heading to the library at least once a week.
But another option I’ve found and LOVE is called Epic! Books.
It’s basically like Netflix for kids books. Read about why I absolutely LOVE this, and prefer it over Amazon Unlimited here. Or go HERE if you’d like to sign up for a free trial! (It’s only $7.99/month after that!)
4. Incorporate Crafts with Kids Reading.
A well planned coordinating craft project can go a long way in keeping kids interested in reading along. I don’t know many kids that don’t love them some craft projects! My kids especially like creating characters with modeling clay. I love that in particular because it’s not messy, doesn’t dry out, and can be disassembled and used again and again. Not to mention it keeps them busy for hours! If you’d like to try it, I recommend this brand of modeling clay.
5. Keep Kids Reading By Journaling About It.
If you’ve got a kid that loves to doodle and/or journal, this is a great way to keep them interested. Journaling not only reinforces memory of what they read, but it also allows them to work through things like cause and effect, their likes and dislikes, and any emotional aspects of the story. Here are some great Book Journals that I created specifically for that reason: (Click through to see all the interior features!)
6. Keep Kids Reading By Introducing a Series.
A good book series can go a looong way in keeping up motivation for kids reading. A book series is great because it introduces characters that stay throughout the series. So instead of starting over with new characters, kids feel like they already know the ones in the stories, and want to keep reading to find out what happens next.
I particularly like ones that have been made into movies because this also piques kids’ interest to see the story transfer from their imaginations onto the big screen.
Go HERE to read a mega list of great kids books made into movies to read along with your kid and watch the movies together!
7. Keep Kids Reading By Being a Role-Model.
Wanna know one of the number 1 factor in kids doing pretty much anything? Watching YOU! Kids do what they see their parents do. And if they see you reading yourself, and loving it, they’re way more likely to see this as an enjoyable past-time. And will therefore continue doing it.
8. Use Books to Find Common Ground With Your Kids.
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve heard on keeping kids reading AND connecting with your kid is to read the books THEY read. Ever feel like you have literally nothing to talk to your kid about? Do you find you have to drag conversations out of them? READ the same books they’re reading!
Another thing I love about the Epic! Books app I mentioned above is that you can put the app on any device, plus you can see what your kid’s reading through your parent account. So whatever they’re reading, you can put on your own device and read along with them! I’ve had some really awesome conversations with my kids about the books we’ve both read together. And since they know I’m not ‘too grownup’ to read what they’re reading, they regularly suggest books to me AND bring me books from their teacher’s classroom library that they’ve finished so I can read it, too!
9. Give them a Private Reading Nook.
Create a cozy reading nook for them. I don’t know if your kids are like mine, but mine really love to squirrel away in a cozy, private, comfortable nook somewhere. Clear out a space where the temperature is good and it’s quiet. Then find some nice beanbag chairs and/or pillows, and maybe even a little bookcase where they can store their favorites. I personally love this little rolling utility cart–comes in fun colors, can be moved easily, and has 3 shelves to store books on. A private cushy area they can just escape into a good book is an awesome way to get kids reading more.
10. Give Them a Challenge.
Kids love a challenge. I mean, otherwise why else would they try to stuff as many marshmallows in their mouths as possible? With reading, you can easily use the same tactics. Except instead of getting some laughs, they’ll be working towards getting some sort of reward you’ve set up in advance.
Need a Kids Reading Challenge Contract and Log Sheet? No prob! Click the image below to download one!
What ways do you keep your kids interested in reading? Let me know in the comments below!
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