There is a saying that literacy starts at home. I agree with that statement. Personally, I believe that children who are exposed to literacy at home are more likely to appreciate books and reading. They will have a more advanced vocabulary than children who are not exposed to these things.
I used to be a major bookworm in my younger days. I prefer reading to watching television. My reading materials were usually fiction novels, romance novels, biographies and self-improvement books. Due to time-constraint, my reading is now very much limited to current news and parenting books.
Nonetheless, parents who like to read do not automatically mean that their children will like reading too. In my household, I’ll encourage my son to hold a book and read rather than watching TV or playing electronic games.
Here are some of the things that I do to encourage Little Edison to read:
Read to him often
When Little Edison was younger, I bought board books for him. Our reading session involved just “reading” the pictures and narrating what we see in the book. Now, our reading session has advanced to words, sentences and reading a story in its entirety. Reading materials that I choose now are mostly phonics books, short stories and picture dictionary.
Bring him to the library
It can be as simple as a 20-minutes stop-and-read session in a library, even in the midst of our shopping trip or weekend outing. We also pick up a few books from the library to keep a steady supply of reading materials at home. I blog about Little Edison’s first library experience HERE.
Start a book collection
This is exactly what I want to do this year – find a tiny corner at our home and establish a mini library to keep his books. I began our book collection by ordering Scholastic Books through his school. They are inexpensive paperback books with a diversified range of reading materials. I also bought some short stories from the book store.
Through reading, I discovered that Little Edison has a preference for books on animals. He is also crazy about cartoon characters such as Dora the Explorer. More often, I’ll choose reading materials that are related to this cartoon character or animals to encourage him to read more.
What do you do to encourage your children to love books and reading? I love to hear from you.
I’m also looking for online stores that sell children books at affordable prices. Please buzz me if you’ve any recommendations. Thanks.