Hooked on Books
If reading has taken a back seat this summer, there’s still time to offer fun ways for your kids to hit the books – which will help boost reading skills before heading back to school this fall. Try to following tips to get your kids hooked on books!
Go to the Library or a Bookstore
Have your kids select books that interest them. Make sure books are at their level. Encourage books that relate to special interest such as sports, hobbies, animals, etc. Don’t push beyond your child’s literary capabilities – the goal is understanding and enjoyment.
Even if your child is able to read, make reading a special time and have fun together. Your kids will look forward to this time. Get expressive and get into character as you read stories. Regardless of their age, keep making this a ritual.
Read together and ask questions about the story to ensure your child understands what she or he is reading.
If kids are really having a tough time getting into reading, audio-books might be the solution. It’s really not cheating! You can find a good selection at the library. Children can listen to the stories and try to read-along (or follow the words). These are great for the last of your summer road-trips.
Don’t hesitate to have your child go back to an old favourite! A second read may bring out things missed the first time around and will encourage your child to appreciate the book beyond the plot.