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3 Tips for instilling a life-long love of reading

Children are gathering skills they’ll use in reading and writing everyday. So how can you help get your child reading confidently and instill a lifelong love of books?

The world is filled with words, letters, and numbers. Watching your child transition from a nonreader to one who can both entertain and educate themselves with a book is, for many parents, one of the milestones and miracles of family life. So how can you help get your child reading confidently and instill a lifelong love of books?

Children are gathering skills they’ll use in reading and writing every day. So much so that many of your child’s early memories around books will shape their sentiments as adults. Here are three great tips that will help create happy, positive memories your child will look back on fondly!

3 Tips for a lifelong love of reading

1. Sing songs and nursery rhymes

Reading is a language activity, and if you want to learn a language, you need to hear it—and eventually—speak it. Many moms and dads feel silly speaking at length to a baby or young child but studies have shown that exposing small children to a variety of words helps develop their literacy skills. So, have some fun and make up little songs for any activity!

2. Create reading rituals

Make reading a part of your daily life, and kids will learn to love it. Building positive memories and rituals around reading is one of the best ways to instill a love of reading that lasts a lifetime. So take some time to disconnect from technology and read together. And, don’t forget to make it fun! After reading time, it’s ok to watch a movie or have their favorite snack.

3. Read your favorite books again and again

Research shows that reading to kids from an early age exposes them to richer vocabulary than they usually hear from the adults who speak to them. It has also proven to positively impact their language, intelligence, and later literacy achievement. Reading your child's favorite books repeatedly helps them recognize words and sounds while increasing comprehension—especially for preschoolers.


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