Helping Children Learn to Read by Cami Checkett

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Helping Children Love to Read

My oldest son is addicted to reading. I started reading to him in the womb and he’s never stopped. My second son – different story. He’ll listen when I read to him, but rarely reads on his own. We all know how important reading is, but how can we force (I mean encourage) our children to see the value.

1.Read Aloud – Start reading aloud when they’re infants and don’t quit. When they’re teenagers and no longer want you reading to them, maybe you could read the same novels and discuss them.
2. Make the library and bookstore special treats. We love to ride our bikes to the library. The boys earn books for extra chores or good deeds and on special days and holidays they get a book as a present.
3. Have books everywhere. The only room in our house that isn’t loaded with books is the kitchen and that’s only because we try not to ruin our books and because we need to actually talk to our oldest once in a while without his eyes glued to a book.
4. Find attractive books. I found this tip on Gomestic and thought it was interesting. I love so many different kinds of books I’d never stopped to think about the attractiveness of a book influencing my desire to read it. Though I know from a marketing perspective it does make a difference. Here’s what this article said, “Books are available in many forms nowadays and various kinds of materials. Singing books or read aloud books where you can hear the book talk or making noise when certain button in the book is pushed, and also picture books are usually attractive for preschoolers. Older children will usually love pop-up books or lift-the-flap books. You can even introduce books to babies. Books for babies is rather different, it has no word in it, just pictures in cheerful color and usually made of plastic, fabric or board paper.”
5. Be a good example. My husband isn’t a reader, but I remind him often to have the boys see him reading the newspaper or his scriptures or pretending to read one of my books (the romance is a bit hard on the tough guy). If your children see you finding joy from reading, they will usually want to explore that themselves.
6. Read age-appropriate books. I think this is one of the mistakes I made with my second son. My oldest and I were having so much fun with chapter books that I would read my middle son’s books quickly and then settle down to read for hours with my oldest. My middle guy would usually stay with us during story time, but I’m not sure he got much out of it. If you can, try to set aside a time to read to each child on their level. It’s also okay to read a bit above their level, but plan on explaining words or situations they don’t understand. When we read The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas it took us months, but my son still enjoyed it. We also enjoy reading below their level sometimes. Every one of my boys still laughs at Junie B. Jones and Berenstain Bears.
7. Read what they want (most of the time) – I try to let my boys pick out their own books, but I also pick out one I want to read to them. They have to give my book forty pages. If they hate it, we quit. And sometimes I have to grit my teeth through their books, but that’s part of being a mom.
8. Keep it fun – I always ask the librarian or bookstore employee for humorous kids’ books. We also come back to some of our favorite funny series over and over again. The Fudge Series by Judy Blume and Chickens in the Headlights by Matthew Buckley make us laugh no matter how many times we read them. I would love to hear about your favorite children’s series, funny or not.

I am definitely not an expert on this subject, but with four boys I keep trying different things. Reading is such an essential part of development and success I hope each of us can find the best way to instill a love of reading in each of our children. Please share what works for you and your family.

Poison Me by Cami Checketts

Jake Merrill was raised by his
grandmother, Ruby, and her hilarious friends. After a suspicious death at the
retirement home where Ruby lives, she enlists Jake and Chanel, the beautiful
activities director, to help her find the killer.

 

But secrets Ruby has kept for
decades threaten her family and the man she’s always loved but could never
have. Chanel’s unstable ex-boyfriend, a presumably dead relative, and vicious
criminals add to the confusion. Time is running out as Jake, Chanel, and Ruby
desperately search for clues to solve the murders and fight to save those they
love.

 

 

Praise for Poisen Me

Poison Me made me laugh out loud and thoroughly enjoy myself. I wish
I had a friend like Ruby! Snappy dialogue, romance, and a strong sense of
family made this book well worth reading.

 

Rachel
Ann Nunes
, bestselling author of Line of
Fire
and Before I Say Goodbye
Author Cami Checketts

Cami is a part-time author, part-time exercise consultant, part-time housekeeper, full-time wife, and overtime mother of four adorable boys. Sleep and relaxation are fond memories. She’s never been happier.

A portion of the proceeds from Cami’s books will be donated to The Child & Family Support Center. For more information on this worthy cause, please go to www.cachecfsc.org

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Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing!

  2. poison me sounds like an interesting read

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