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Fun Ways to Enhance Children’s Literacy and Encourage Reading

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In today’s fast-moving world filled with technology and all kinds of distractions, parents often struggle to find ways to spark interest in reading books in children. While it’s true that technology is terrific on many levels, it is also very addictive. Encouraging the development of children’s literacy is very important, and it is in your child’s best interest to recognize the benefits of reading from early ages.

Here is a list of fun activities that allow you to incorporate reading into your child’s life seamlessly:

Introduce Your Kids to Reading Challenges

Family reading challenges help develop teamwork, goal setting, and determination in children. Working as a family to complete a particular problem will innovate your child’s way of thinking when it comes to shared responsibility and teamwork.

When you make reading a challenge, it automatically becomes more interesting for kids. Decide as a team which book you are going to learn, set a deadline and track your progress. Celebrate each family member’s success. There are many exciting challenges your children are going to love. Try the Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt or Reading Bingo.  

Bring a Story to Life

Children will feel more connected to a book if you bring some part of its story to life. Choose a recipe from one of the books and make a family dinner out of it. Let a book inspire you to create a piece of art as a family, or do an act of kindness you read about in a book. Try out a new activity described in your kid’s favorite book, or visit a city where a particular story took place.

Bringing a book to life gives the reading experience a new dimension, and it makes the children feel a stronger bond with the story.

Schedule Regular Visits to Free Libraries

Free libraries are everywhere, and you probably have at least one near you.  Most libraries have free books for you and your children to read. The principle is wonderfully simple: you take a book, and you leave a book. Visit the Little Free Library website to discover a list of registered small free libraries in your community.

Feel the Magic of Campfire Stories

There is no better way of spending time together as a family than with storytelling. It is without the distraction of tech gadgets and an excellent way of teaching the kids about the elements of a story. Organize family storytelling; build a bonfire, or pretend you and the kids are sitting around a campfire.

Tell make-believe or true stories to each other and encourage your children to tell their stories in detail. It will help them learn about the structure of a story and the proper way to tell a tale.

Go on Outdoor Literacy Walks

Many StoryWalk® exhibits are popping out across communities. They allow your family to walk through a book literally. The pages of a book are deconstructed and hung along a trail. Typically, you can find them in outdoor places, like parks. You can see an exhibit near you by contacting your local library.

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