Today I felt I should share some of my tips and tricks to try to get your children to want to read more. Why is reading important? I've sure you've heard it said, reading is the basis for learning. I believe this with all my heart.
I have three boys that all enjoy reading. How did this happen, you may ask. Well it doesn't just happen, but with some strategic planning I truly believe any child can WANT to read.
From the time any of my boys can remember, they have had an assortment of books in each of their rooms. All kinds of books; books about the world, true stories, fiction, silly books, scary books, devotional books, fantasy, reality fiction, animal books, historical books, joke books, whatever.
I think a mistake that many parents make is thinking your child should read or have only "educational books" I believe all books can be educational because they're instilling a love for reading.
One area I can say I haven't scrimped much is purchasing books. We go to the library frequently, and absolutely love going to book stores like Barnes and Noble or Borders. We'll go, and I'll get them a treat and me a latte; we can just hang out for hours.
I few tricks I've used to get my children to read:
Open books, that you thinks he/she may be interested in, to a page or picture that they can't help but stop and look at.
Keep a magazine rack in the bathroom for "restroom reading"
every week or two I update and change out/rotate the magazine in my boys bathroom
Order or ask family members to order, as gifts, subscription to magazines
Limit the amount of "media" as I call it, your children are getting; when I say "no more video games" nine times out of ten I'll find them all reading something!
I'm a 39 year old wife and mother of 3 boys ages 18, 11, and 10. I love being home, and making my household comfortable, beautiful, simply a place my family wants to be. I love decorating, cooking, organizing, repurposing stuff, and bargain shopping; hence the name moms got many hats. I'm a growing Christian, and stay very busy juggling life with an active family. I love networking and getting as well as sharing new ideas. I hope you'll find my blog helpful!