Back-To-School time is like a second chance at a new year's resolution! For many parents, back-to-school time brings about a renewed sense of hope and determination that your elementary school-aged kids will explore new adventures in books. With so many options and topics to read, however, knowing how and where to find the right book for your child could be quite daunting! Here are a few suggestions that will help make selecting books a painless and pleasurable process.
1. Make reading part of your routine.
Get a library card for your children. Go to the library regularly. Visit the local book store and buy a book signed by the author. Get books from book orders to add to their personal library. The more kids are exposed to books, the more interest they will cultivate for reading.
2. Let kids choose books that they are interested in reading.
If the ultimate goal regarding reading is that your kids actually enjoy reading, then you need to let your kids read the books they want to read. Don't be tempted to force a book selection or book title onto your kids and turn this into a power struggle. Reading will not be a pleasurable activity and your children will just learn to resent it.
Often times, a child will gravitate towards a particular book or a series of books which is not necessarily to your liking. You may find yourself thinking, "Why is my daughter reading that silly book?" or "I know my son can read books that are at a higher level." Speaking from personal experience, your son or daughter's reading level may or may not match their maturity level. Just be patient and let them continue reading for pleasure. They will soon tire of their current obsession and realize that there are many more books to discover!
With that said, there are still ways to encourage your kids to explore new books. Show your kids how to be open-minded. Suggest that they select one book that they really like and another book they would be willing to try. As they peruse the bookshelves, they will look at the book cover, read the description on the back, and perhaps read a couple sample pages. This will help your kids consider a different genre and help them broaden their perspectives.
3. Discover new books by theme or topic.
As a parent, I try to have my kids read books that teach values that are important to my family. Topics and themes presented in books create the perfect opportunity to have open conversations with my kids. What new topic might your discover with your kids? Here are some handy reading lists.
Diversity and Multiculturism
Overcoming Fear and Adversity
Charity and Community Service
Learning About Economic Class
Friends, did you know that you can use conversations during meal time or even time spent riding in the car to help your kids improve reading comprehension? Let me show you the key questions to ask your kids. I am offering a couple of workshops that will share some reading comprehension tips with you. Come to one of my reading comprehension workshops!
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