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How can you encourage your child to be a lifelong reader?

Lynne Hoffman Apprentice
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Reading takes children into worlds that they may never have the opportunity to explore in reality.  Learning to read gives children the skills to be lifelong readers and learners.


An article from Common Sense Media titled, "How to Raise a Reader," gives some valuable insights on strategies to use in nurturing the love of reading for a lifetime.


What do you think of these tips?  Are there others you would add to the list in this article?






Common Sense Media also has published the following guide for reading suggestions for children of all ages:


Book Recommendations for All Ages
Our editors have gathered some of their favorite book lists, as well as the best websites, apps, and games for building your kids' reading skills. So whether you're on the go or cuddled up on the couch, start here to make reading fun and engaging.
Preschoolers (2-4)
More Top Picks for Preschoolers
Love Books for
Little Ones
Read-Aloud Books
Learn-to-Read Websites, Apps, and Games
Young Kids (5-6)
More Top Picks for Young Kids
Fairy Tales for Young Kids
Classic Books
Learn-to-Read Websites, Apps, and Games
Older Kids (7-8)
More Top Picks for Older Kids
Must-Read Books
Books for
Reluctant Readers
Learn-to-Read Websites, Apps, and Games
Preteens (9-12)
More Top Picks for Preteens
Fantasy Books
Best Book Series
Books for
Reluctant Readers
Teens (13-17)
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Coming-of-Age Books
Romantic Fantasy
for Teens
Books like
The Hunger Games
  • Re: How can you encourage your child to be a lifelong reader?
    mabell New User
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    This is a wonderful submission to the discussion board! I like the suggestions (and am attaching something I prepared a while back that is similar but different enough that it may grab someone i a different way), and love the book recommendations.


    Help your child love to read.


    Reading is at the core of success in school and certainly contributes toward being successful in life. Follow these simple tips to help your child develop a love for reading.


      • Be a reader yourself. Actions are louder than words, and nothing teaches your child the importance of reading better than seeing the many ways you use reading throughout the day—checking the phonebook, looking up a recipe, going through the mail, and enjoying a good book, magazine or newspaper.


      • Select books that your child enjoys, and read them over and over. Whether non-fiction or fantasy, books can be a window to the world. They can be informative,
        inspire imaginations, provide a view of other people and places, teach us how to do things, and entertain. If you need help finding books your child will like, remember “FAT CAT”—choose books that are fun, by a favorite author, about a topic of interest, about a favorite character, that has won an award, or the type or genre of book your child likes.


      • Get your child engaged. Doing things that engage your child in the read-aloud process also supports learning to read. Ask questions and allow your child to ask questions too.


      • Be playful.
        Read with expression. Give the characters a special voice, and laugh when
        something silly happens. Show your own interest in new information and encourage your child to predict what might happen next. Draw connections
        to your child and his experiences. Encourage him to talk about similarities and differences
      • Read together at least once a day. To learn to love doing something, you have to
        do it! Your time is a much prized gift but sharing the pleasure of reading can translate into a lifelong love of reading.


    Help your child become a lifelong learner!


    Life can be a journey of learning. Follow these tips to your child develop habits that strengthen his ability to be a successful learner and enjoy process along the way.


        • Build a sense of wonder. Show interest and curiosity about things around
          us. Remember that everything around a young child is new and interesting,
          from the toy that floats while the soap sinks to the physics principles
          applied when making popcorn
        • Develop “research skills” of posing a question and finding possible solutions. Rather than giving a quick answer, sometimes respond with “That’s a great question. How do you think we could find out?”


        • Demonstrate how to be a thinker. Share your own problem-solving strategies by thinking aloud to your child. “I’m thawing chicken for dinner and sure would like to figure out something different to fix. Maybe I could find some recipes here in this cookbook, or I could do an online search…Well, I can’t make that one because we don’t have rice…
        • Include your child as a partner for accomplishing many daily tasks, and
          incorporate many of the above suggestions. Your child will love the attention and respect of being an appreciated helper, regardless of age. Explain what your doing while preparing a meal by “thinking aloud” and encourage your child to help out when possible. A lot of meaningful learning occurs—your child observes and practices many skills, new words are introduced and used, your child feels like an important contributing family member, and the relationship between you and your child is strengthened.


        • Provide encouragement, win or lose. Both playing and working together
          can be a learning opportunity and holds the potential to be a lasting positive memory. Making mistakes is part of learning, and your child will shine in the warmth of your encouragement and support. Besides, a lot of learning is happening in the process, regardless of the outcome.


    Remember, you are growing an independent person who will someday be able to say “I
    did it all by myself.”


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