Active parenting to foster a love of reading from infancy


“Why?” This is the question we parents are always trying to answer. It’s good that children ask questions— that’s the best way to learn. All children have two wonderful resources for learning, and that’s imagination and curiosity. As a parent, you can awaken your children to the joy of learning by encouraging their imagination and curiosity.

Teach Your Child to Read is in four parts. There are also a few sets of parent-child activities that complement this four part workshop intended to help you make the most of your child’s natural curiosity. Teaching and learning are not mysteries that can only happen in school. They also happen when parents and children do simple things together. For instance, you and your child can: sort the socks on laundry day—sorting is a major function in math and science; cook a meal together—cooking involves not only math and science but good health as well; tell and read each other stories—storytelling is the basis for reading and writing (and a story about the past is also history), or play a game of hopscotch together— playing physical games will help your child learn to count and start on a road to lifelong fitness. By doing things together, you will show that learning is fun and important. Besides, you will be encouraging your child to study, learn, and stay in school.

Dream Children Books targets children up to age10. Similarly, the workshops and activities focus primarily on what you can do to help your children up to age10. The reason is simple: During these years you can lay the foundation for your child to become a lifelong reader. In the workshops and activities, expect to find some basic information and suggestions that will guide you to read with your child and make this all-important time together enjoyable. While the focus is on parents of children up to age10, there is a brief section for parents of older children on how to help them continue to grow as readers. Finally, there is a resource section. As you make reading with your child a routine part of your lives, this section will help you to find new ideas.

You don’t need to be an especially skillful reader yourself to help your child. In fact, some public libraries offer adult literacy programs that involve reading to children as a way to improve literacy skills for the whole family. Nor do you have to devote great amounts of time to reading with your child. It’s the quality of time that counts.

Your child may even beg you to do some of these fun activities, which is the best part of the workshop. Just be consistent by giving as much time as you can each day to help him or her. The activities suggested are designed to fit into busy schedules. Helping your child become a reader is an adventure you will not want to miss. The benefits to your child are immeasurable, and in the process you will find your world becoming richer as well. We invite you to find an activity and try it. Happy Reading!

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