Reading is a skill that not only benefits an individual in the work place, but it also is a form of relaxation and entertainment. This skill begins in early childhood and is used, enjoyed and appreciated until death. A child’s lifetime love of reading is nurtured by consistent and pleasant reading activities within the home. In this article you will find five family reading activities that will encourage and nurture your child’s love of literature.
Family Reading Night
It’s no different than Family Game Night or Family Pizza Night except that instead of playing games or eating pizza, you are reading together as a family. When your children are small, this will entail you, the parent, doing the reading. As your children grow, they can read short story books to the family. Another idea is to read a few chapters to your children out of a chapter book such as one from the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. You might go through the entire Little House series in a few months of Family Reading Nights! Still another idea is for each family member to write a short story during the week. On Family Reading Night, take turns reading the stories aloud.
Weekly Trips to the Library
Weekly trips to the library as a family could very well turn into a lifetime habit that your children will carry on with their own children. Help your children choose some good, maybe even award winning, books. Show them the books that were your favorites as a child. Sit in the lounge area of the library and read silently. If your children are too young to read, encourage them to sit and look through picture books quietly. In doing so, you will be teaching them to appreciate and honor libraries with good, respectful behavior. You will be encouraging their love of reading, as well.
This is a time honored tradition by many families and one that should continue as such. Take time each evening to read to your children before they go to bed for the night. Let the evening be finished off on a positive note after the rigors of homework and sports practices. With older children who can read, you might take turns reading aloud.
This is a continuation from the last line of the previous paragraph. It is fun to take turns reading aloud from a story. You might do this paragraph by paragraph or choose certain family members to read the lines of specific characters. Just be sure to choose a narrator, as well.
What did learn from a book today?
Many families ask the question “What did you learn at school today?” while at the supper table. A different way to approach the same subject is to ask, “What did you learn from a book today?” Don’t forget to tell your children what you learned from a book that day, also!
Reading is fun. With family members, it creates memories to last a lifetime. Read with your family. You will not regret it.