Reading is one of the best gifts you can give your child! Teaching your child to love reading is priceless. He will never be lonely with a good book and he will learn to use his imagination as he immerses himself in far away places. He will also learn how to feel empathy when he connects with the characters in the book. It is so important for your children to love to read for many reasons. You may think that he/she doesn’t like to read but don’t ever give up and don’t believe them when they say they don’t like it. I talk with many moms of boys who struggle with reading, they give up too easily. They just need help getting started. Here are some tips:
- Keep looking for books/topics that he is interested in.
- Go to the library and browse; get him a library card.
- Have a reading roundup where the whole family reads together.
- Read out loud to your kids even when they are teens.
- Make it a routine for them to read before bed.
- Get magazine subscriptions for them.
- Bring books in the car for errands and trips.
- Talk with them about the books they are reading and read them too.
- Listen to books on tape (get them for free at the library), listen to them together in car or at home.
- Have his best friend read the same book together so they can talk about it.
- Join a book club. Start a book club!
- Have Dad share a book with your child by reading it with him or reading it out loud to him.
- See book recommendation list on site.
The gift of Reading and Writing: Book series, magazine subscriptions, book light, bed clip on light, book marks, books on tape (CD), headphones, iPod (with no net access) for books on tape. Inspire your child to write a book with blank books (Primary Lined Blank Books). Library card. Box of office supplies (tape, Post it notes, etc.), diary/journals, lap desk. Write an annual letter to your child. Get markers and blank notebooks for him to write letters and poems and stories.
Remember that real paper books are better than screen readers (click here). Make hot chocolate and sit down for some non-tech (real book) reading with your child. If you spend time reading with him chances are that he will grow to develop good reading habits, remember he wants time with you more than anything. Ask him what he would write about if he was writing his own book. If you child is hyperactive, reading will do wonders for him. After just 7 minutes his brain will transition and he will calm down (if you incorporate touch with it is even better (sitting on your lap or sitting on couch with older child). Go get that hot chocolate going, get a book and relax with your child!
12 Days of Non Tech Gifts