Reading Shapes Your Child’s Future
Reading is the key to unlocking a child’s potential. February is “I Love to Read” Month all across the United States and Canada.
Reading Shapes Who We Are
Reading shapes who we are, and who we will become. As Oscar Wilde put it “It is what you read when you don’t have to, that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” From science fiction to history, growing children’s imagination and knowledge can help them to dream great dreams, and provide them with the hope to make those dreams a reality.
Reading Helps Us Experience the World Around Us
When children read about other people’s experiences, cultures, dreams, or struggles, they realize, as C.S. Lewis wrote “We read to know we are not alone.” Reading becomes a wormhole through other people’s experiences, leading us to new levels of ability and potential. It lets children experience a bit of the world around them without the expense of stepping out their front door.
“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” –Maya Angelou
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald
Carol Bainbridge’s article, Top Five Ways to Foster the Love of Reading, lists five suggestions for fostering a love of reading in your children.
- Supply Reading Material
Not just books, but magazines, too, can help keep a full stock of reading materials available to the budding reader.
- Read Out Loud Together
As your children’s skills improve, you can take turns reading, but making this a fun activity will help increase their ability.
- Visit the Library
This not only increases the available amount of material, but as the author mentions in the article, it communicates to children that reading is an important activity.
- Include Notes with School Lunches
Short notes to young early readers may get them excited about reading.
- Create Reading “Scavenger Hunts”
Notes written with clues to where other notes are hidden can be a fun game leading to a prize, and will reinforce reading as an important activity.
There are lots of good reasons to encourage your child to read, this special month, and every month. Let’s do it!
“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” –Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis