Research proves that children who enjoy reading do better at school in all subjects. Reading together increases literacy skills and does so much more – it helps to build a strong and loving relationship with your child. And it’s never too early to start reading with your child!
Find somewhere quiet without any distractions – turn off the TV/radio/computer.
Sharing books they have chosen shows you care what they think and that their opinion matters and they are more likely to engage with the book.
Encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages.
If there are illustrations and relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to describe the characters or situation or what will happen next. Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the pictures.
Talking about the characters and their dilemmas helps children understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of time to respond. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling or how the book makes them feel. And lastly and above all – make it fun! It doesn’t matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together. Don’t be afraid to use funny voices, children love this.