Reading has long been established as one of the most important tools of education. If a child cannot read, a child cannot learn… so reading is one of the first things we want to teach our children.
As a young girl, I used to imagine what it would be like to have children someday. I imagined playing with them, giving baths, cooking dinner, and reading books together. It was a desire that I had, from the time I was young, to have that intimate reading time with my babies, and as an adult… that desire only grew stronger. But I wanted to teach my children more than just how to read – I wanted them to LOVE reading, too!
I believe that a love for reading is fostered at home, and I know that helping my kids learn to love reading requires effort on my part. It is not something that just happens. From the time my first babies were little, I worked to gather tidbits of information from my parents, my friends, and other seasoned mothers on how they had taught their little ones to love reading. Everyone had suggestions for me, so, armed with their advice, and also my own natural motherly instincts, I went right to work.
In my 14 years as a mother, I have compiled a list of tips that have helped me to teach my children not only how to read… but to actually love reading. Thankfully, my efforts have paid off, and sometimes, late at night, when I go to my kids’ bedrooms and find a child huddled underneath their covers with a flashlight and a book, I think maybe they love reading just a little too much!
Read on to learn what reading strategies and have worked in my home to bring that love of books into my children’s hearts: