Learning how to encourage your children to read is a major responsibility of every parent. Do you know that a 1997 national literacy survey indicated that nearly 30% of the sample of Year 3 and Year 5 students failed to meet the appropriate minimum grade reading standard and that almost half of Australians aged 15-74 have either very poor or poor basic prose literacy skills? [source] Pretty alarming statistics, if you ask me. Perhaps part of this could be attributed to the presence of modern technology nowadays. Children now have a huge variety of options for pastime — ranging from televisions to laptops to mobile phones to tablets and video game consoles. This makes reading for pleasure a low priority, which in turn makes teaching them to read a daunting task.
So how do you encourage your kids to read?
One way to encourage kids to read more is to provide a cosy space to read. It doesn’t even have to be an entire room with tons of bookshelves. Kidsomania recently had prepared a very nice roundup showing a lot of ideas to inspire you to create the perfect reading nooks for kids in your home. Here are some of my favourites:
Interestingly, reading nooks need not necessarily fill an entire room! Just a small area would be enough. Look at these:
Check out this link to view more inspiring ideas.
By the way, have you seen our post on creating cute bookmarks? That’s one way to encourage reading too!
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