Securing your children library cards and spending 30 minutes each day reading together are simple gestures that can dramatically improve their literacy. These are also just two of the 10 family reading tips National PTA is offering in connection to the newly launched PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle.
With the help of parents, educators, and other experts, we have developed a fun, easy-to-organize event for the entire family coupled with a short list of ways adults can pass along a lifelong love of reading to children.
1. Encourage reading in your home
2. Spend 30 minutes each day reading together
When reading with your child, ask your child to describe what is going on in the scene or happening in the story.
3. Sign up your child for a library card
A library card is essential and free for your child to gain access to countless books. Find a library near you at www.publiclibraries.com.
4. Attend a library event
Most libraries organize weekly or monthly events, such as story times, that you and your child can attend together.
5. Become involved at their school
Communicate regularly with your children’s teachers to help monitor their progress, and ask what you can do at home to support their reading.
6. Applaud your child for reading
Reward your child for reading a certain number of books or finishing a challenging book just as you would other activities, such as basketball or piano.
7. Give books as presents
Give books as a gift, especially on topics your child will love, to encourage and support their interests. Check out the list of books PTA families love to read together.
8. Help your child write their own stories
Encourage your child to write stories based on his or her experiences or favorite characters from other books, movies, or TV shows.
9. Make flashcards to learn new words
Help your child study new vocabulary words or create colorful bookmarks to mark his or her place.
10. Take your child to the eye doctor
Vision problems can interfere with reading development. Schedule an eye exam to ensure that any issues are promptly addressed.