FUN WAYS TO ENCOURAGE READING THROUGH EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES
There is so much more you can do with your child outside of reading to improve their literacy skills throughout Give Me Twenty. Here are a few easy ideas you can incorporate into your everyday activities to help your early reader!
Turn up the music
Listening to silly songs, nursery rhymes and even popular hits can improve vocabulary, rhyming and comprehension. Children learn by imitation so repeat their favorite songs during car rides, playtime or anywhere!
Visit the library
Help your child learn to love the library! Set a date to visit the library. Explore the children's section together. Start with finding books on what interests them. Ask your local library how your child can get their very own library card.
Tell them tales
Tell them stories about when you were their age or about family members and friends. This helps connect storybooks to real people and teaches them how stories are structured.
Read while you shop
A simple trip to the grocery store can turn into a real learning experience for your child. Ask your child to help you find a particular flavor by reading the labels. Put your child in charge of the grocery list. As you put items into the cart, ask your child to cross it off the list.
Ask and answered
A large part of reading is comprehension and that can be practiced anywhere. While your child reads, ask open ended questions. Not sure where to start? Check out our Read and Do activities for some helpful guided questions and fun activities!
Book and then a movie
A great way to encourage reluctant readers and bookworms alike is to read a book together, then watch the movie adaptation. Here is a list of movies made from books for preschoolers:
Where the Wild Things Are
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Clifford's Really Big Movie
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
The Little Engine That Could
Write a penpal
Help your child write letters to family and friends or write about their day in a journal. This allows them to play with language and learn how it all fits together. Encourage letter recipients to write back to your child.
Make it special
Look for unusual places to read. Consider quiet places, such as outside under a shady tree, a hammock, or under a tent made of blankets and pillows. How about making some hot cocoa and reading with a flashlight?
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