growing an avid reader
I am ecstatic.
Plain and pungently ecstatic. What could make me such a way? Reading children’s books to my sun as evident by the sheer joy that we both share when it’s time.
It’s even become the same when we think of going to get books. We truly celebrate books over here.
What came to me last week was how with my oldest two children I had not the time or creative space to burrow them deeply into good reading habits. Now, with both of them interested in reading but listing it after digital indulgence I have found myself thinking of what I could have looked for to help me.The reality is, if I could have observed their true and natural pursuit I believe that they would have found reading just as if not more exciting than me and the smallest sun.
With that, I am using this space to pronounce tips that can give most all children a jump start in their imagination and commemorate reading for a lifetime.
1. Determine what type of learner your child is. Are they lookers or listeners? Do they delve into playtime with their hands and feet? Once one commits to the kind of learner they are the responsive stimuli in the form of a book is what could help them to strengthen that.
2. Determine which clock they have. Is your child a morning person or more nocturnal. I must admit I believe my youngest suffers from having a morning mommy and a after dark daddy. He seems the best alert in the middle of the day so that is when we read. I notice he is calmer and much more attentive to what is happening around him. Check your child’s clock and make sure they get all of the benefit of reading during their peak time.
3. What toy or television show do they gravitate toward the most? Their choice of activity will most likely drive them toward what they like to read about. If the child is most responsive to musical toys or shows with intertwined tunes they may like to read about how to make good music. If they like the more of the toys that are feel toys they may be inclined to read about how to make things. Catch the drift? Check your child’s attention grabber and align their reading habits. Worked for me.
4. Do they imitate? Does your child repeat certain things out loud? They may be planting it in a place and one day could learn to write their own short stories. All children should be encouraged to communicate their emotions so if they like to repeat get them literature that talks about the art of talking and encourage them (when they are old enough) to write it down. Could be a famous writer one day. 🙂
5. Do you have a social butterfly or loaner? This point is probably the most overlooked but incredibly important. I often talk about how me being the only child was a blessing and a curse. I think on one hand I could have used the free time to learn much more and experience the goodness therein and share it with my siblings and on the other i think the time i had to myself definitely helped me to become my best friend. The loaner might like stories about the their peers saving the day single handedly. The social butterfly may like to read about stories where family and friends are always around. The introvert extrovert personality is a definite point to consider when introducing reading.
With these small in size but huge in statue tips anyone could properly initiate a healthy and reciprocal relationship with books. As usual, Happy Reading!