Promoting Literacy: Tips for Raising an Enthusiastic Reader

By October 25, 2017Parkland Players

This is the second post in a series of posts regarding the importance of promoting literacy for your children. In this post we will discuss 10 tips for promoting literacy for multiple ages from (full link to source page at bottom).

  1. Add playful acting: Don’t be monotone when you read. Add funny voices for each of the characters. Add actions and gestures for the different moments in the story. These extra visual and auditory stimuli are great for getting children involved and excited about the book.
  2. Encourage interaction: don’t be afraid to stop reading for a moment and ask questions about what children think about events, characters, and the endings. Even ask questions about how they would change the story, what they liked about the story and other open-ended concepts.
  3. Talk about books: even when you are not reading, talk about books in your daily conversations. For example, when children come home from school ask if they have read any books with their teacher. Or make connections between daily life and stories you are familiar with. For instance, if something happens during the day that reminds you of a book you read together, say so out loud.
  4. Don’t just read at bedtime: read at various points throughout the day and in different settings! Books need not be exclusively for bedtime stories.
  5. Book clubs for children: Yes, these are a thing! Or you can start one yourself with your friends and their children. It shows children that reading can also be a social activity and will help you collaborate with others to pick titles good for your child’s age and developmental level.
  6. Reading resources: The internet is a great place for finding reading material online. Some website have games, some actually have books and you can often find video readings by authors or fans on youtube!
  7. Reading doesn’t have to just be books: there are a lot of opportunities in the day to develop and practice reading skills. For example, even the phrases on the cereal box in the morning are good. Or magazines, newspapers, billboards, etc. Show children how words are everywhere and how reading material comes in a variety of medias.
  8. Take a trip down memory lane: share your own childhood favourite books with your kids. This will have you make an stronger connection in the realm of literacy as the extra enthusiasm you will have reading these books can be very contagious.
  9. Volunteer for literacy events in your community: for example, if your child’s school has people come in to read aloud once a week, or if they have book fairs and need volunteers, get involved to model both community spirit and a love of reading
  10. Go to the library: the library is fantastic for reminding children that there is a world of reading resources right at their fingertips. Make sure to teach them the important of respecting the loaning process and the books. This is a great opportunity for children to pick their own books and follow their own reading interests. Some libraries even have some designated story times where the librarian will read to the group. Check online or call before you go in order to find out about these sorts of events.



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