Get Your Child to Fall in Love With ReadingPosted on December 15, 2015 by Michelle Kraus
The new year is soon approaching; 2016 can be the year to focus on your child’s kindergarten readiness preparation. While teaching children how to start reading, we can also help them to fall in love with reading. Luckily, getting your child to fall in love with reading isn’t difficult (especially if you choose the right child care center). In fact, the right child care center is a simple way to take your at-home efforts and develop them in new environments.
So, are you ready to get your child to fall in love with reading? Here are 3 tips from Yi-Chan Li, a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, from her article “Fall in Love with Reading: Ten Simple Things you Can Do at Home” that will help you do just that!
1. Let your child select their own books
You might have some favorite childhood tales, but it isn’t always the best choice for your child to force them into reading the books you enjoy.
When you let your child select their own books, you can target their interests and make them more enthusiastic about reading! At Ladybug, we allow children to look at books and even dictate their own stories to play on their interests and get them excited about learning to read. In doing so, we reinforce your efforts and don’t force children to read books that don’t capture their attention.
2. Develop family reading routines and rituals
You can’t read once a week and expect your child to improve (or be excited to settle down with their favorite book). Instead, you should set a regular time that you spend reading every single day. By making reading a positive, expected experience, you can reinforce good habits that keep your child engaged and learning.
Likewise, this is why reading plays a key role in the curriculum at Ladybug. Our team reads to children everyday. By doing so, we create a regular environment where kids can get excited about learning new skills and hearing new stories.
3. Read what interests your child
There are reading materials everywhere; you just have to look around! Many children are excited to read everything from the milk box to newspapers, recipes, and other common items (among books, of course)! And no matter their interests, always provide positive encouragement as they learn to read.
Relatedly, we believe in exposing children to a wide range of topics at Ladybug. In fact, our library is packed with information about art, technology, social studies, mathematics, science, and more to ensure no matter what your child wants to read, they can!
At Ladybug Child Care Center, reading is one of our top priorities
At Ladybug, we believe in giving your child the materials and support necessary to foster a love of reading that will last well into kindergarten and through life. That’s why in the classroom, we reinforce your own efforts to ensure your child loves reading and feels comfortable and confident to explore their interests while developing necessary skills.
If you’re interested in learning more about our curriculum or would like to tour either of our facilities in Chaska or Waconia, contact a member of our team today! We look forward to speaking with you and meeting both you and your “little bug!”Filed Under: Tips for Parents