Create a Family Culture that Loves to Read
There is so much negativity out there on reading. So many adults and kids hate reading. I want my kids to enjoy and love reading. I love the quote by Harry Truman, “Leaders are readers.” This is so true!! Being a continual learner is key to success.
Reading opens our eyes to new ideas, potentials, and creativity we would never have had. I can honestly say, I would be a totally different person today if I didn’t read. Reading has transformed my life. Books have changed my perspective and helped guide me through marriage, pregnancy, parenting, and so much more.
I want to instill in my kids the hunger for learning and the love of reading for their own pleasure. Plus, reading is incredibly beneficial for our kids.
Check out these reading statistics:
–Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills; it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory.
–The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.
-Creating a steady stream of new, age-appropriate books has been shown to nearly triple interest in reading within months.
As you can see, reading is so important in our children’s development. So how do we encourage a culture of reading at home?
4 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Read
Turn the T.V. Off
The television is such a convenience and it is our cultures normal. The average child watches about 24 hours of T.V. each week. Yikes! Television encourages kids to feel the need to be constantly entertained. Not only that, T.V. doesn’t stimulate our kid’s brains and it decreases their physical activity level.
If your kids are used to a lot of screen time, start replacing that time with reading. Yes, it will take time and may feel like an inconvenience, but it is worth it. Being able to read to my kids gives them quality time with me while they are learning.
Create Reading Routines
Go to the Library
There are tons of classes for kids and adults of all ages. You can check out more than just books too. We have checked out camera lenses, puppet and book kits, cake pans, fishing poles, scrapbooking tools, projector and screen and so much more. The resources are amazing. Check out your libraries digital books and programs. Most of the books I read are free from the Hoopla App.
Change your Mindset and What You Say
There is so much research on mindsets. Most of us want our kids to have a growth-mindset and not a fixed mindset. In a fixed mindset, a child would say I am not a good reader and they would feel like that is their fate. They don’t believe that they could ever be a good reader, it is fixed.
But a growth-mindset child would say “I am working on becoming a better reader,” they know that it is within their power to be able to achieve or not. Pay attention to how you talk about reading. If you are negative towards reading, your children are more likely to be negative too.
If you say that you don’t have time to read, change what you are telling yourself. Let your children watch you read. Start changing your mindset first, and then watch how your family will follow.