Make the Most of National Reading Month
March is National Reading Month! While parents try to instill a love for reading in their children year-round, this is a special month to really focus on reading aloud to your child, having your child read aloud to you, enjoying reading as a way to spend time, and sharing books of all types.
Below you will find a couple of ideas to make this most of this month:
- Set an example by letting your child see you reading for enjoyment
- Consider finding an age-appropriate magazine that may interest your child and get a subscription in their name. An added bonus is that most kids love the novelty of receiving their very own mail!
- Provide books or magazine ideas when friends and family ask for "gift ideas" for your child
- Be on the lookout for deals in the "Book Nook" at your local library, garage sales, and bookstores. Some used books will have very little wear and are available for pennies on the dollar.
- Visit your library often and get your child their own library card. Your local library may even offer special children's events with authors or read-alouds and other performances
- Add books into your diaper bag or other tote with children's items in it. You will appreciate having them in there during a wait at a doctor's office or when you get stuck in traffic.
- Consider books on tape. This allows your child to enjoy books independently even while you are busy with another child or quickly finishing dinner.
- Write a silly story together. This will allow for writing and illustration time as well as the enjoyment of reading it together for years to come. You can even get it laminated bound at a local office supply store.
- Make the time you read together quality time by finding a comfortable, special area to read and removing distractions (put cell phone on silence and turn off the television).
- They are never too young or too old! You can begin reading to your child as an infant and even after they master reading, you can read an appropriate chapter book together, taking turns reading.
- Choose - or let your child choose, if they are able - books that relate to their interests. Is your child interested in dinosaurs, cars, or animals - there are thousands of books available on these topics to keep your inquisitive son or daughter engaged.
- If your child has a favorite book that you can't stand to read for the thousandth time, see if they can start to tell you the story themselves from memory. They will be proud to be "retelling" the story, flipping through the pages and using the context clues in the pictures, and "reading" the book. Toddlers enjoy repetition and it helps them to learn how a story is organized.
National Education Association. "Promote Reading for All Children."