Tonight my daughter wanted to read a book that I grew up reading. It was a book all about daddies. I loved this book I would look at the pictures for hours as a small child and I remember my dad reading it to me. I was a total daddy's girl growing up. He and I were two peas in a pod. And it warms my heart to see the love my children have for their own daddy.
It is funny how books can transport us.
Our son hasn't fallen in love with stories...he loves books, but there hasn't been a story that just stops him in his tracks. The books he likes are guide books, how to's, manuals, graphic novels, etc. There hasn't been a story that he has gotten lost in. He pours over books, but the story isn't his hook. I want that so badly for him. But we all have our own preferences and we all progress at different levels and at different times. The good news is he loves books...that is enough...I will take that.
We have a million books all over the house. There are just stacks of books. I love the idea of them surrounding us.
Our daughter moved into a new room a few months ago and I was putting books on her bookshelves. There were books that we read to our son. I could remember us reading to him as a baby and now the boy reads the stories to his sister. And our daughter wants the books my parents read to me. The circle of life in book form.
So kids are going to read when they are going to read, but there are a few things that you can do to maybe help them.
Reading Tips for Children
- Let Them Choose- Have your kiddos pick out their own book. You can help guide them to assist them with reading levels, genre, or whatever gets them going in the right direction.
- Get Comfy-Find or create a comfortable spot to read in. Make sure there is plenty of light.
- Make a Routine-Have a time that you set aside for reading.
- Let Them Catch You-Let your kids see you read. Modeling behavior is the best learning tool.
- Recap-When they finish a book, ask them questions. What were their favorite parts? Favorite characters? Best illustrations?
Dang, this week has been all about stories.
Hope your weekend is full of creating stories, reading stories, and everything in between.