If you want your children to enjoy reading there are a few things you can to do encourage this.
- read books to them often
- read books yourself
- talk about the books your reading
- be excited about the stories
- OH! Read fun and interesting books, not boring ones
Many times children like to occupy themselves in a manner similar to how their parents do. If you spend time on your phone, watching television, or on a computer, odds are your child will also. But if you use spend your leisure time reading books or doing something with your hands (crafts/hobbies), your children will probably want to engage in the same kinds of activities.
I just realized that RAR talked about this recently. I believe you can read or listen to it here.
Books are a part of learning but should also be a part of leisure activities because they help the brain. If you are not reading some fiction for leisure, I recommend you start, even if only a little. Do check out the linked article about fiction and the brain; I found it quite interesting.
For the younger ones, here are links to the Read Aloud Revival picture book suggestions for September and October.
So, what have you been reading lately? My daughter and I just finished The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry and will be looking for the sequels at the library on our next visit. We’ll also be putting up a video on our Joyous Jabbers youtube channel where we talked about the book as we read it and then our thoughts afterwards. (It’s still in the making right now, so I can’t link it yet. )
Until next time, God bless,