Encouraging reading help your children read more and love reading

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http://www.fridayschildmontessori.com/blog/encouraging-reading/ Literacy is one of the main goals of learning and is one of the foundations needed to tackle other areas of learning. Activities at a Montessori early learning centre should be backed up at home to promote a love of reading. Parents should read things (anything) to show their children that it’s something that adults do. Read aloud to your children.

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  • 1. How to help yourchildren read more and to pick up a love of reading www.fridayschildmontessori.com
  • 2. Children learn by observing, which is one of the basic tenets of Montessori learning
  • 3. so one of the first things you can do is to do some reading yourself. If your children never see you reading anything (apart from your Facebookpage) then they might get the idea that reading is work and isnt really relevant.
  • 4. It doesnt really matter what you read glossy magazines, newspapers, cookbooks, instruction manuals and Mills & Boon romances might not be great literature
  • 5. but if you read these for fun in your leisure time, youre showing childrenthat reading is something that adults do for fun which means that they are more likely to have a go themselves.
  • 6. The next thing that you should do tohelp your children learn to love reading and books is to read to them.
  • 7. Dont just limit yourself to alphabetbooks where you point out letters and make the sounds and the more obviously educational books.
  • 8. These are certainly helpful for childrenlearning to read but you need to readmore than these books so that childrenget an idea of the end goal of reading: having fun and gaining new information.
  • 9. Bedtime stories are great tradition butthere are other times that you can read with your children.
  • 10. Having a child sitting beside you or on your knee while you share a picturebook is great snuggle time and can be a good way for you to unwind.
  • 11. After a day of serious business meetings, sales talks and the like,being silly with a picture book can be a good way to put the heavy-duty stuff behind you.
  • 12. Go for something that requires sound effects from the parent
  • 13. theres nothing like providing the right noises for Hairy Maclarys Caterwaul Caper or Walter the Farting Dog to push that difficult meeting with theassistant manager into the back of your mind.
  • 14. Some parents wonder about favouritebooks and whether it is really extendinga child if they want the same book over and over again.
  • 15. If your child recites the words of a favourite story with you or fills in amissing sentence, is this an example ofrote learning and will it be detrimental to their ability to learn to read using phonics?
  • 16. Dont worry. A little rote learning,especially if its fun, never hurt anybody and learning most or all of TheWonky Donkey by heart helps your child to improve their memory skills (and their vocabulary).
  • 17. If youre in the mood for it, try changing a word or two to provoke a reaction from your children as they correct you in half-hilarious outrage.
  • 18. To promote a love of reading, youshould have books available in the house. In best Montessori principle, you should have a designated spot for these books.
  • 19. Bookshelves can be a bit hard forsmaller hands to cope with, especially if the books are wedged in fairly tightly this is a recipe for ripping a soft-cover picture book.
  • 20. solution could be a book chest or acupboard that is easier to get things into and out of. You dont have to spend a fortune to collect a good selection of good books.
  • 21. Its amazing what turns up in thebargain bins at K-Mart, at school fairsand similar, at garage sales and even at the library.
  • 22. And you should also become membersat the local library as soon as possible, if you arent signed up already.
  • 23. first card a child should own is a librarycard, although youll have to be the one to keep it until they get a bit moreresponsible and are less likely to lose it (which is probably until they are old enough to go to t he library solo).
  • 24. library visits a regular fun outing. Theyare a great way to try out new titles if something turns out to be not quiteyour cup of tea, then back it goes to the library.
  • 25. Have a separate place for library booksas opposed to your books so you dont lose a library book in your book collection or return that copy of Winnie The Pooh that Grandma gave your child for Christmas to the library by mistake.
  • 26. Also keep the printout of what youve taken out on the fridge or stapled into your diary or on the calendar so you know exactly what youve taken out theres always one book under the bed that runs the risk of being overlooked.
  • 27. More Montessori Education topics at www.fridayschildmontessori.com