Education is one of the most important values you can instill upon your children; good education can benefit them long into their adulthood. Learning, however, should not stop once your kids leave school. Reading for fun at home can be quite beneficial in teaching your children life and school skills. Reading the classics, reading children’s books in Spanish in order to learn a second language, and letting them pick books to read on their own are some great ways to encourage your child to read now and for years to come.
Reading the Classics
Depending on how old your child is, they will probably already have a list of books that they will be required to read throughout the school year. If you go from class to class and school district to school district, you may find that the list does not change much. You may even find that some of your favorites aren’t on the list. If so, what better way to introduce your child to the world of classic literature than to sit down and read them together? Obviously, if you are still reading to your child, someone like Tolstoy may be a little heavy-handed. There are still plenty of history’s finest authors, like Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, or Roald Dahl whose best works of fiction have become some of the most famous family-friendly novels. In fact, there is an added entertainment value to some of these works, as they are the basis of some of the most beloved children’s movies of all-time.
A Second Language
The ability to speak a second language has become an important skill for an adult to have when it comes time to find a job. Unfortunately for those out of the developmental stage of learning, however, it’s a skill much easier to pick up when you are younger. To help better prepare your children for life after college, it is a good idea to instill the importance of this much-sought-after skill when they are young. Some elementary schools these days do require children to be taught a second language, but encouraging the skill at home can go a long way for your child’s ability to retain the language. Work with your child with basic vocabulary words; use flash cards or buy them copies of their favorite children’s books in Spanish. As our society becomes more and more diverse, you’ll have given your child a head start in the world around them if you help them learn a new language to communicate to people in.
Books of Their Choice
A school curriculum that requires reading from the students has the unfortunate task of turning novels into work. Unfortunately, this association of reading with requirements can turn kids off to reading by the time they get into middle school and high school. Encouraging children to read for pleasure will help them keep an interest in it and will be a great skill down the road. Reading as a pleasure activity is a great way to stimulate creativity and critical thinking skills in your child. Luckily, any bookstore or library should have an enormous section for children that can satisfy even the most avid young reader.
These are just some ways to get your kids to read even though it isn’t a class requirement. Keeping the fun in reading is an important thing to remember when trying to raise a well-read person.
Samantha Wideman is part of a team of writers and specializes in writing about current news events.
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