Let’s face it getting your kids to read is not the easiest of tasks. And really how on Earth are parents supposed to compete for their attentions when they’re up against competition like that inimitable sponge or those windswept haired rock stars on the tube. Unfortunately the allure of a book is not nearly as intoxicating for our kids as the thrill of that high speed car chase they can pretend to master with their Wii. So what’s a parent to do? Whether on a trip, at the park or just hanging out at home, incorporate books into your family’s routine. Check out these top 10 reading tips from the New York Public Library that may entice your kids to put their noses in one:
1.Read to children from the time they are born. It’s never too early to start.
2.Set aside a special time to read, when you and your family are relaxed.
3.Children enjoy setting the pace of reading time. Encourage them to turn pages.
4.If they are not ready to sit still, read to children while they are playing and exploring. Active children learn on the move.
5.Many children like to hear the same story again and again. It comforts them and develops language skills.
6.Read together – on the go, waiting on line, and at the park.
7.Sing to your children. Sing songs from your childhood or make up silly songs. You can find lyrics to your favorites online or at the library.
8.Read Mother Goose and nursery rhymes together. They are short, playful, and build vocabulary.
9.Show your kids you love books. Keep books and magazines at home and let them catch you reading.
10.Visit the library often to choose books and enjoy programs together. Join Summer Reading at your neighborhood library.