Reading for Life
The Importance of Reading
In this day and age, consumed by technology and an increasing busyness, reading with your children can often be the last thing on the minds of parents. It is too easy to allow television and ipads to replace something that, research shows, is vital in a child’s language development. If reading to and with your children is not something that you’re accustomed to, why not try some of the following suggestions to increase the reading that occurs in your household:
• When traveling in the car, why not borrow some audio books from your local library and listen to them as a family.
• Have a family ‘games night’ where children attempt to read the instructions, or cards involved in the game.
• Choose a book as a family and read it over dinner, perhaps a chapter each time.
• Have older siblings read to younger siblings and vice versa.
• Model reading as a parent – even if this is something you don’t do well, why not read a magazine or newspaper?
• Have a cooking afternoon where you encourage your children to read the recipe and work through it together.
Reading is such an important life-long skill and a love of reading can be fostered when parents show their children the value and importance that it has.