Wishful Wednesday: Creative Reading Nooks for Kids

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:

 

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Interestingly, reading  nooks need not necessarily fill an entire room!  Just a small area would be enough.  Look at these:

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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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