When asked what the best way to encourage our kids to read, I recall one author’s response was to have lots of good books in the home.
While it’s certainly important to have books visible in the home, my answer would have also included the importance of reading to our kids at an early age. Not only do we need to start reading to them early on, they also need to see us reading.
How can we possible expect our kids to be reading it we aren’t? Kids learn from example. We all know that!
January 27th is Family Literacy Day here in Canada. Family Literacy Day means that as parents we need to encourage the reading and writing skills of all the members in the family. That doesn’t just mean kids but ALL family members. Yup! That’s me and you!
How early is too early to start reading to our kids?
My daughter has been reading to Miss Charlotte for months now. At eight months she was already able to pick out the bunny on each page of her, “I Am A Bunny” book. When she came to visit in December there was no denying the delight she experienced the moment one of her baby books was opened.
While I’m as proud as the next grandma, I’m inclined to believe that this doesn’t simply show Miss Charlotte’s genius, but rather shows that starting early is the key. So young moms remember, it’s never too early to start. Make it something you do every day. Make reading as natural as eating and breathing. It’s something you’ll never regret.
The theme for 2011 is “Play for Literacy,” –that means board games, card games, word games—you get the picture. Find a fun activity. Make it enjoyable. Read a book, play a board game, but do something. And don’t just do it one day, make it an every day activity. Make it fun!
What are you going to do for Family Literacy Day?