Reading Readiness: Encouraging Confident Readers
We all know by now the power that books have to move us. They can make us laugh or cry, feel love or contempt for the characters, and the lives we read about linger in our minds long after we have closed the cover. They hold knowledge, whether fiction or non-fiction, and improve our spelling, grammar and cognitive function without us even realising it.
The power of reading is even greater for young children, as it builds the language pathways they need for future. Take a look at some ways to encourage your child to read and the benefits this will bring.
Read to your child
- Reading to your child from a young age is essential in promoting their enjoyment of books. While they are babies, flicking through a picture book together is less about the words and more about making reading a comforting, safe and happy time for your child.
- Getting to a routine of snuggling with your little one and spending one-on-one time with them, with no television or phones to distract you, means they will come to look forward to reading.
- As your child gets a little older, they may have favourite stories and remember certain words and rhymes off by heart. Encourage them to say these parts aloud with you, especially if they are in character and silly!
• Children follow by example in many things, and reading is one of them. Even if you are not an avid reader, setting aside just 15 minutes a day or a few times a week for dedicated ‘reading time’ can do wonders for your child’s motivation. Seeing the adults in their life picking up a book and reading inspires children to want to do the same thing. Especially if you find an author you like and your little one sees you genuinely enjoying yourself.
Some Favourites from Our Bright Horizons Mum & Dads!
- Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, 0-3 years
- Busy Bookshop by Rebecca Finn, 1-3 years
- Kangaroo Kisses by Nandana Dev Sen, 2-5 years
- The Jar of Happiness by Alisa Burrows, 3-6 years
- A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen, 3-7 years
Growing Readers - We support children in nursery to learn to read and enjoy books. For ideas you can try at home with your child, check out our Growing Readers resource page.