Many thanks to local librarian, Karen Scattergood who visited our school today to give a fantastic talk on how best to support your child to become a reader. Karen holds a monthly bookclub in our local library in Swords where the children are encouraged to share their love of reading while discovering new and exciting titles in the world of children’s literature. The next bookclub is Saturday 19th of November at 11am – hopefully many children will come along and join in!
Here are some tips from the experts!
1. Talk to your child
Feed your child a diet of rich language experiences throughout the day. Talk with your infants and young children frequently in short, simple sentences. Tell stories, sing songs, recite nursery rhymes or poems, and describe the world around them to expose them to words. Name things. Make connections. Encourage your child’s efforts to talk with you.
2. Read Aloud
Try to read aloud to your children regularly and continue to do this long after your child is a competent, independent reader ( yes 12 year olds still love being read to!)
3. Limit screen time
Time spent engaged in reading activities during the week means your child really earns and appreciates limited screen time when offered e.g at the weekend. Read the book before watching the movie!!
4. Create a reading corner/book shelf
Set up a special place for reading and writing in your home. A well-lit reading corner filled with lots of good books can become a child’s favorite place. Keep writing materials such as non-toxic crayons, washable markers, paints and brushes, and different kinds of paper in a place where children can reach them.
5. Visit the local library
Visit the public library often to spark your child’s interest in books. Help your children obtain their own library cards and pick out their own books. Talk to a librarian, teacher, school reading specialist, or bookstore owner for guidance about what books are appropriate for children at different ages and reading levels.
6. Show that you read
Demonstrate your own love of reading by spending quiet time in which your child observes you reading to yourself. You are your child’s greatest role model. Show your child how reading and writing help you get things done every day-cooking, shopping, driving, or taking the bus.
7. Give books
Consider giving books or magazines to children as presents or as a recognition of special achievements. Special occasions, such as birthdays or Christmas, can be the perfect opportunity to give a child a new book.
8.Talk about books you loved as a child
Many of the books you loved as a child are being discovered and enjoyed by a whole new generation. Share the joy!
9. Attend book activities
Ask about free readings and other programs at bookstores in your community.
10.Visit libraries in new towns and on holidays
Experience the thrill of a library abroad and notice how many titles are directly translated from English and be proud of our literary offerings!