Reading as a family can boost happiness, literacy skills, and improve behavior and attention in young children.
Since 1994, November is the month during which an emphasis is placed in reading as a family. The benefits are well worth the effort.
When children begin early to cultivate a love for books and reading, they gain a positive attitute toward knowledge. This can define their success later in life and it’s not a secret that this is a skill that the ultra successful people have in common: They do read and they read a lot.
As parents we can be an example to our children. Here are some of the ways to do this:
- Read every day (even for only half hour) books on a subject you are interested in and share your exitement about it with your children. There is a good chance your children will also pick up this habbit by watching you
- Let books be accessible around the house for all family members
- Visit public libraries with your child at least once a week
- Ask your child questions about the books he/she reads
- Ask your child to read to you (and show sincere interest)
- Read aloud a story to your child
- Find books that have been made into movies and note the details that were ommited from the movie version