Let’s do some Reading over the Winter Break!
We all know that children need to read to develop their reading skills, but how do we motivate them to do that?
Teachers, parents and caregivers want to give their children the best opportunities to create and sustain a love of reading in their kids. So what should we do to get our children stimulated to read especially during the Winter Break?
Here are a few things that parents and caregivers can do to encourage their children to read:
1- If parents themselves have the habit to read in front of their children and to their children, that is alone a great motivator!
2- Take your children to the Public Library; let them pick their own books. Talk about their books’ choices. Get a book for yourself too!
3- Help your children to read out loud, show them the pictures in the books and talk about them.
4- Create little plays with your children, let them build the characters… they can use their imagination to invent new storylines or they can use familiar story’s plots. *Grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins that are visiting make great bonuses characters J
5- When you are reading to your children stop in the middle of the book and ask them to predict what is going to happen next in the story. This type of activity helps to boost the children’s imagination and it also promotes engagement.
6- At the end of the story ask your children not only questions which answers are easy to find in the book, but also ask questions that go beyond the story. Questions such as “if you were the boy/girl in the story, what would you do differently? Why?”
7- Use technology for reading! Tablets, computers, laptops and phones can be very helpful when trying to get the children to read. There are countless free apps, and websites that have children storybooks with read out loud/read along options.
8- Tell your children stories! Do you remember those stories from when you were a child? Children love to hear them!
9- Ask your children to read a story to you! Yes, tell them that you also like when they read stories to you. It can be at bedtime, bath-time, at any time!
10- Re-read some stories to your children! We love to see our favourite movies more than once, right? Our children also like to hear their favourite stories more than once! Do you know what is your children favourite story? That is a great place to start J
Use these strategies one at the time! Don’t overwhelm your children; after all it is just the beginning of the Winter break! Enjoy your time with your family and don’t forget to have fun!