There are many ways to raise the level of excitement for reading right in your own home. Excitement begins in the brain and studies show that we have about 20 minutes before it passes. One of the things that can create excitement is making progress. Whether they finish a project or finish reading a chapter – even a small win – can make all the difference in how a student feels and performs.
Since I have a love for reading, I want to encourage you to create excitement about reading and make it a treasured tradition in your home. Below are several ideas to create an excitement about reading at home: (Article: How To Read A Book At Home, Mrs. Jennifer Cady, Director of RISE Institute, LCS):
- Create a cozy space near a bookshelf or book basket. Add a few extra pillows and a blanket. Turn down the overhead lights and turn on a reading lamp.
- Read the title and ask your child to make a prediction. Beginning and experienced readers alike benefit from making predictions before reading a story. You may want to skim through the pictures first and make more predictions.
- Point to each word on the page as you read with little ones. This early literacy strategy will help children make important connections between text, pictures and story and helps develop a child’s tracking skills from one line of text to the next. Model fluency as you read. Use inflection and sound effects. Ham it up!
- Shared Reading: More experienced readers will benefit from taking turns paragraph or page at a time while others benefit from reading out loud together at the same time.
- Make sure your child is comprehending the story. Ask open-ended questions as you read (What do you think will happen next? What do you think that means? How do you know? Discuss whether your child’s predictions were accurate or if they were surprised.
- Make sure that you’re reading interesting books — especially the Bible. One great go-to for many is the Child’s Story Bible by Katherine Voss. The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones is also another treasure.
Treasure these exciting moments with your child because the “days are long, but the years are short.
Praying for you – Mr. Batson