Reading for Fun, Reading to Learn
December 05, 2013
Reading comes easily now. It is second nature, and as adults, we pick and choose what we read throughout the day–the newspaper, the return address of some mail, signs, books, and products well-placed in a scene of your favorite movie. The process of seeing words, comprehending their meaning not only in the groups of letters we call words but the order of those words forming sentences, and gaining a whole understanding of whatever material it is that we’re reading doesn’t pose much of a challenge nowadays.
And so it’s easy to forget that there was one point that I too had to learn how to go about this whole thing called reading. Getting a kid excited to pick up a book and start reading is an amazing moment; I know that the more they enjoy the experience of reading, the more often they will come back to reading.
It was only until I found the genre of Science Fiction that I discovered reading to be an awesome activity–though I do read more than just sci-fi now. Kids are just as varied as adults in their reading predilections. So, don’t hesitate to explore many different genres and types of books.
Here are a few books that may spark your child’s imagination:
- For the young reader of fantasy, you may try Tell Me a Dragon or Me and My Dragon.
- For a more serious reader try Little Owl Lost.
- For the sports fan Game Day or a title by Mary Shaw.
Once you find that super-fun book to read to or with your child, you may try acting it out or making a game out of the story.
If the book says jump, why not actually jump? I got that idea from Jump!
Music and singing also make reading time fun. Longer stories are sometimes best broken up into a few parts, with some dancing and singing mixed in between. You might try downloading some new kid's tunes from Freegal! They have a lot of great music, even some of the older tunes updated for the 2010s. The music doesn’t have to match the story, either. Anything to make reading fun is good.
And while you’re reading a story, try tracing a large bold letter in the text and talk about it. Not only are you helping your child understand that there are these things called letters and that they combine to make words and those to make sentences. But, they are also learning that letters have very specific shapes.
And lastly, it’s okay for you to have fun too while you help your child gain their literacy skills. It’s supposed to be.
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