Nurturing Reading Habits
Published 23rd September 2010, 10:21am
Literacy is a fundamental skill for survival in today's information-driven society. Studies have shown that the more children read the better readers and writers they will become. September is International Literacy Month so it is befitting that the Cayman Islands Public Library Services reminds parents of the value of nurturing healthy reading habits. With the plethora of electronic resources today (i.e. television, Internet, games) many parents struggle with motivating their kids to read. However, incorporating reading and writing in your child's daily routine may not be as difficult as it seems. Below are a few tips, which are recommended by the Reading is Fundamental Organization (RIF):
- Keep books and other reading materials at home. This can be done at absolutely no charge! Simply get a library card for your child and you may borrow up to 10 books for three weeks.
- Utilize your Public Library! Your neighbourhood library is a 'store house' of free resources for all ages including books, DVDs, and audio books. Explore the children's section with your child and you may also ask a librarian to suggest books that he will enjoy.
- Learn about your child's interest. Get books, magazines, etc. that will relate to these areas. Also, learn to respect his interests.
- Lead by example. The best way to motivate reading is to display good reading habits yourself. Let your child see you reading as often as possible, whether it's the newspaper, magazines or books.
- Discuss books you have read. This will reinforce that reading is an important part of life.
- Read books to your children!Children at any age will appreciate being read to. Experts recommend that parents do this for at least 10-15 minutes each day at a convenient time as the more children are read to the greater their interest in mastering reading.
- Link popular movies with books. In cases where movies are based on books get your child to read the book. Ask him about the differences or similarities.
- Use travel to spark reading. If you are taking a family vacation or trip ask your child to find information related to the place you are visiting.
- Play games and encourage your child to play games that are reading related.