There are so many reasons why reading is beneficially to a little soul and I want to do my best to encourage it as much as possible for my kids!
I want my daughter to love reading, always read to her hearts content, gain wisdom from what she finds, and always continue to develop her creativity and imagination.
This month is all things books and reading in our house. Want to join me? Here are 3 easy ways to make books more exciting and gets kids reading more.
3 Ways to Get Kids Reading More
#1. Create a Reading Nook
Reading is a great way that your mind can go to places your body may never get to go and a reading nook is the perfect place to curl up and allow for that to happen.
I’ve been thinking about turning a corner of my house into a reading nook for my daughter for quite some time now. Her very own reading nook, an environment that encourages reading, a spot that nurtures a love for books, a place she can sneak away and read anytime.
I’ve seen so many creative ideas on Pinterest like transforming underneath the stairs, using a shower curtain in the corner of the kid’s room, buying chairs that hang from the ceiling, etc. But regardless of the set up the one thing I noticed in almost every single nook had in common was lots and lots of books and lots and lots of pillows.
While I have bigger plans in the work, here’s what we created for now:
#2. Add Listening to Their Reading
Another really neat way to encourage reading, is Audible narration. It’s available through Amazon and you can even get a free 30 day trial. The reason it’s so awesome is it allows for kids to read and listen simultaneously, which studies have shown improves comprehension. Plus, it highlights the text as you go!
Here are some fun facts for you:
- 85% of what we learn, we learn by listening.
- Reading while listening improved comprehension.
- Students can listen and comprehend 2 grade levels above their reading level.
- Simultaneously listening increases reading accuracy by 52%.
For more, visit Audible Range.
I hadn’t realized before how important listening was in connection to reading. I knew it was a little but these statistics are staggering. I’m super excited to give Audible a try now!
How it Works:
- Buy the Kindle book
- Add Audio Companion
- Read and Listen Simultaneously
And in case you’re looking for a starting point, here’s a list of some of my favorite kids’ books from their list:
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (and the entire Chronicles of Narnia)
- Charlotte’s Web
- Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (this was my favorite when I was a kid!) and other Beverly Cleary books
- And there’s so many more!
#3. Don’t Forget About Yourself
Model reading to your kids by reading yourself and reading our loud to them. Not only will this be a great example to your kids, it’s also a great way to continue developing your own mind.
There is always room for growth. Wisdom doesn’t just come to you, its obtained. There is always room to learn something new.
Let’s make July all about books. Build a quick reading nook, grab the 30-day Audible trial and curl up together to read (and listen).
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