It comes as no surprise that children love school holidays! Being free of the restraints of going to school every day and being able to relax is a valuable part of growing up. The regular reading that is a part of many children’s school day suddenly comes to an end as there are far more interesting things to do on vacation than read a book, right?
After a long holiday the ability of reading would be affected due to the lack of reading books and getting information from their teachers, therefore it’s necessary to encourage our children to read during their holidays. The following tips are how to engage children with reading on the holiday.
No reading without fun, no fun without reading
Read together in a funny way, act the story by funny voices and expressions to your children, read for them humorous books to engage their minds. Try to make the reading session for 10 minutes and increase their passion to come back tomorrow.
Put in their mind visiting the libraries and bookstores are kind of a trip
Plan a visit to bookstores and libraries is a part of the family’s routine, these trips easily increase the children passion for reading. Teach them how to borrow books and what is the offers that they can get it from the bookstores and libraries?
Let them choose the books that they want to read
The most important thing in the reading process is the book choice and this will not let them lose interest, and try to let the children accessing to a text in their reading level that will prepare them to be strong readers in the future.
Make a suitable atmosphere
During the family reading routine prepare for a special atmosphere e.g. special lamps, special books light this will add the value to reading time in their perception.
Give them a book as a gift
For their birthdays, presents to them books that they want to read. And encourage your child to lend and swap their books with their family and friends.
Read together is fascinating
When you are reading together that’s will inspire kids to read, it’s a great idea to give them the option of how they would like to read. Provide the opportunity for children to choose whether they would like to read aloud or silently. Check if they would like to try paired reading if they feel like they need extra support with the book.
The most supportive strategies to inspire kid to read is reading together and give them the option to read silently or aloud. Also, you can offer them a paired reading if they like it.
When your children cannot know the meaning of a word or a sentence, remember to:
- Wait: give them the option to figured out the word and let to them a time to guess about.
- Ask: discuss with them about the meaning and ask them is it making sense to you?
- Then skip: if the child still didn’t know the meaning of the word suggest to skip and keep reading on.
Working with your child to maintain good reading habits over their school break allows you to not only establish your family as active readers but will give them the best possible start for when they return to school.