Everyday tricks for encouraging reading

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Everyday tricks for encouraging reading

Months ago, boolino creates ¿Cómo hacer de tus hijos grandes lectores? and we show you ten ideas for increase the read in your children. Also a lot of you are sharing the way you increase the read in your child. We know it’s not a simple task: it is often difficult to get children to read, even more so for them to do so voluntarily; but like many other things, a love for reading is something you learn, and although at first it may be hard, by using a few tricks and giving them alternatives to usual reading materials, it is possible for them to finally be the ones to discover for themselves that reading can be a fun and exciting experience.

That is why today we want to give you some simple, everyday tricks to develop reading skills without forcing it on them. It’s a question of bringing reading to children in a nice, fun way and making reading something regular and natural:

Board games: many of the question and answer type board games we have at home are perfect for getting kids to read. The game requires the child to get involved, to have fun while they read the questions. This idea was suggested by our friend Sara (Mamisybebés).

Read the signs: to have a little fun, we suggest reading the road signs. If you treat it as a game, the children will try to read the messages and make an effort without realizing they’re doing it. They will also have a nice time in the car and take longer to say the usual “Mummy, are we there yet?”.

Dad and two kids reading

Aprender cocinando: c

Learn by cooking: put an apron on them, put a chef’s hat on them and look for a recipe book. While you prepare the meal, your children can help you by reading out the steps of the recipe. They won’t only be reading, they will be trying to understand and they will also get involved in an everyday task, cooking. We talked about it in Día de la Alimentación Saludable.

A bedtime story: we’re used to reading kids stories at night, now we encourage you to do it the other way around. It involves the kids reading the story to you. Make them see that stories are important for you. Establish an agreement: one day you tell the story, and the next day they do it. Helping them to have an intimate moment of this kind with reading will help to ensure that in the future they will enjoy and appreciate for themselves everything a book has to offer.

Images from http://www.better-beginnings.com.au/

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