In a world of TV and video games, it’s not always easy to get your children excited about books. However, reading plays an integral role in their education and development. There are several strategies you can use to get them enthusiastic about this activity. Here a few you can use at home to supplement what they’re taught at their early childhood learning center.
How to Get Your Child Excited About Reading
1. Schedule Daily Reading Aloud Time
The best way to reinforce reading habits is to build a schedule. Set aside time each day for reading aloud. It can be right after they come home from their early childhood learning center, after dinner, or before bed. What’s most important is that you read every day so that it becomes a normal, expected part of their schedule.
2. Choose a Diverse Selection of Books
Keeping things interesting will engage your child. Visit the library and allow them to pick out a diverse selection of books. Encourage them to explore non-fiction about their favorite animal or sports, several modern fiction books, a classic from your childhood, and educational books about sharing and growth.
3. Create a Reading Nook
You can make reading more fun by creating a cozy nook. Set up a reading tent in your child’s room or pile floor pillows and beanbags up by a large window. You can fill the area with your child’s stuffed animals and build a bookshelf where they can keep their favorites and others they rent from the library. Let your child help with the design so that it feels like a personal space.
4. Choose Age-Appropriate Books
Choose age- and skill level-appropriate content to make sure that your child enjoys themselves. The library often organizes books this way to make them easier to find. You can also ask the staff at their early childhood learning center for recommendations.
A Rising Star Children’s Center during this time of social distancing is offering story time daily through Zoom for the children at our learning center. If interested, please contact us at (914) 862-4283 for more details.
If you’re searching for an enriching learning experience for your child, contact A Rising Star Children’s Center in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. This early childhood learning center welcomes children throughout the area, and their staff is backed by more than 40 years of child care experience. Explore their preschool programs on their website or call (914) 862-4283 to speak with a representative about enrollment.