In the previous post, I mentioned that I would be covering ways to encourage reading over the summer break. In this post, I would like to begin with ideas regarding how to promote reading in younger children. Here are a few suggestions to foster a love for reading in children who are not yet old enough to read on their own. This early modeling can help set the stage and encourage a love for reading that will hopefully follow the child throughout school.
*Be a reader yourself - By reading books yourself, you are showing your child that reading is important. Children most often learn by example. If your child sees that you value reading, then he or she is more likely to become a reader him or herself.
*Set aside time each day for reading aloud - If you can weave this into your daily schedule, your young child will look forward to this fun activity with mom or dad.
*Connect reading to summer activities - Read your child a book about the beach before or after a beach trip. When you read and discuss books about things your child has experienced, you help him connect the act of reading to everyday life.
*Point out words as you enjoy summer activities - If you go to the zoo, read the signs that give information about the animals with your child. If you visit a public pool, read the list of pool rules together.
*Take books along on outings - Pack some age appropriate books in your picnic basket or take along a few for long car rides.