I make my kids read. There. I admit it. This summer has been a bit different though. Since I have to be off my feet for the summer, I am personally reading. A lot. The side effect has been that I am watching my boys grab books to read without being told. Apparently the example of me reading has had an impact.
How to Get Your Kids to Read:Read aloud to them.
Find some cliffhanging adventures, mysterious mysteries, fantastic fantasies, or stupendous science fiction stories and purpose to read every day. I read to my boys at breakfast because I find my day slips away from me. Oh. I almost forgot…
Always leave them hanging when at all humanly possible.
Find a Book Mentor
I lost the ability to find great books for my older kids to read when my oldest passed the 500 words per minute mark. I needed help and I needed it fast.
- I took him to the local librarian (whom I trusted) and had him ask her for book recommendations. Perfect.
- Then I got my hands on resource books, like Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt (affiliate link below) and the Sonlight Curriculum Catalogue and used their recommendations.
- Then I asked my literary friends.
Set a time, grab some books and make them read.
Need Book Recommendations? Here are two great resources!
Sonlight (click on the appropriate age level when you get there!)
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