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5 Ways to Keep Reading Fun

A Mom’s View of Early Literacy

How to keep reading fun

Growing up I despised reading. I had school readers- they were dry and lifeless- reading was a chore! When the Little Man was born, I hadn’t considered reading to him an essential. Fast forward 4 years, and now we read everyday! What changed?
Our library started a “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program, so we signed up and we were committed.
When we first started out- it was tough. Little Man would lose interest quickly and want to go play. We kept reading to him and trying to pick the most exciting stories, but that wasn’t the problem. We had too many electronic distractions! A smartphone, an e-reader, a computer, and a television…  there is just something special about holding a physical book.
We started taking him to the bookstore and letting him pick out his own library books, that’s when he started to get interested! Seeing the joy on his face as he picked out his favorite books reminded me that reading is more than just a skill- it’s an experience! After a few weeks, we both looked forward to reading. He loved the stories and bright pictures, and I enjoyed seeing his excitement.
Now, I read for fun too! (Granted not as much as I’d like, but I’m a mom- time is hard to come by haha).
helping a reluctant reader

Our growing family has an ever growing home library and a thirst for knowledge. Even Baby Girl gets in on the fun! Here are some of my tips for encouraging a reluctant reader:
  1. Let them pick! If you give them a choice of books they feel like they have more control and will be more attentive when story time comes.
  2. Buy books just for them! We all have the deep desire to own things- ever catch you kids browsing through toy catalogs saying “I need this..” over and over? Me too… Why not get them hooked on books?
  3. Let them choose between bedtime or 20 minutes of reading. This may seem counterproductive but trust me it works! They will almost always choose the latter!
  4. Read to them! This is so important!!! Every child wants to hear their parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents read out loud to them. It’s a great way to bond and relax together.
  5. Keep it fun! Let the stories come to life. Let them act it out, turn it into a game, make it into a silly story, and whatever y’all’s imagination comes up with.
Not long ago, Little Man was having Papa read him a story (over video chat), Papa changed up the words and added G.I. Joe since Little Man is big on that right now. Little Man loved the silly story he created. How do you keep reading fun?

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About Shannon Walter -

Wife, Mommy, and Writer are three of the hats Shannon wears on a daily basis. Natural and holistic wellness is her passion. Diving into medical studies, reading long-winded books, and refitting them into information that is valuable to everyday life.


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Jennifer Maune
Shannon @ TMMW
February 6, 2018 at 8:46 PM delete

Having them choose between bedtime and reading is a good idea! Great way to sneak in some story time.

gail akeman
Shannon @ TMMW
February 7, 2018 at 10:14 AM delete

Reading is important as it can build a child's world for the future.

Traditional Mom
Shannon @ TMMW
February 7, 2018 at 10:15 AM delete

My kids love feeling like they are in control at bedtime. Getting to choose a few more minutes awake is a big incentive ;)

Shannon @ TMMW
February 7, 2018 at 1:04 PM delete

Love this. Reading is so important and starting early is great!!


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