The promotion of literacy at home has long term benefits for the whole family. Reading together not only has developmental benefits, but it also increases the caregiver-child bond, creating healthier relationships and a more solid sense of security and empathy long-term.
Here are some steps to create a reader-friendly environment that inspires you to read together
- Create or continue a read-aloud routine. Read together at the same time each day from your child’s infancy through their school-age years. Be sure to select a comfy spot to make read-aloud time an anticipated part of your family’s day.
- Make books accessible to your kids. They will understand the value of books if you encourage them to have a special place for them.
- Be a reader! Modeling is key for children to build good reading habits. Show them how much you value books and reading.
- It is important to provide a choice and to have some easy reads as well as some books your children can grow into.
- Read the book before you watch the movie! Engaging your child from beginning to end in exploring different worlds can open their eyes in new ways. Discuss the characters and story plots to gain a better understanding of their perceptions.
Early read alouds by fluent adults for naturally curious children is critical to the development of the language centers in the brain. The nurturing act of reading together has benefits that extend into adulthood. Memories of these interactions are often deeply rooted in our own relationship with books as an adult.
Through BookSpring Delivered and our digital content (Community Story Time videos, blog, and book reviews), we want families to experience the tremendous benefits of reading with their child twice a day. Consistent exposure and immersion in the language can promote future academic success! We believe in building brains and building family bonds with books.