5 Ways to Make Reading Fun for Kids + a Giveaway
Little Simon sent me these books to check out and is partnering with me for a giveaway. #GiftofStorytime
When it comes to reading, my son is not always enthusiastic. You see, unlike my girls, he is sometimes not into it. He gets distracted too easily and frustrated way too quickly. However, he is making good progress and I am proud of his hard work. Each night either Jared and I read to him to keep the momentum going. We have him read his sight words and stretch out the words he might not know. It isn’t always easy, but I have learned to make reading fun for kids!
What many of you might not know is that I was a teacher for 5 years before becoming a blogger. My major was Humanities and Social Science with an Elementary Education minor. I didn’t get to finish my Master’s because I decided to start a family young. But, my experience and schooling taught me some fun ways to make reading fun for kids that might be struggling.
Here are 5 Ways to Make Reading Fun for Kids
Choose the right books- Getting your child to read is all about choosing the right books. If you choose books with words that are too difficult or characters your child is not interested in, things are going to fall flat fast! We love Little Simon Board Books. These books make the perfect gift for all of the young readers in your life! With cute and creative illustrations, accessible and engaging stories, and the perfect size and durability, these books are great for new parents and for reading aloud.
These fun series teach important lessons and concepts through adorable characters, interesting stories, and hilarious creatures!
- Roary the Lion Roars Too Loud by Anne Dyckman
- The Itsy Bitsy School Bus by Jeffrey Burton
- Hello Knights! by Joan Holub
- Dia De los Muertos by Hannah Eliot
- This Little Scientist by Joan Holub
Make trips to the library– Once we started to head to our local library I noticed my son became interested in books. Being surrounded by them, and people who love to red really set the right tone.
Nix the tablet– I am a firm believer that a child’s screen time should be limited. Introduce your children to actual books before a tablet or game console. This will get them used to books, and looking at words and pictures.
Provide Incentives– My child’s teacher does something I really love with her students. She has a reading chart which the kids can earn stars on to choose prizes from the treasure chest. By implementing something like this at home you will encourage your child to want to read. The more reading practice, the better your child will get.
Make sight word games– In kindergarten children start to practice sight words. These are words that do not need to be sounded out and should be recognized at first sight. These words include she, he, I, dog, mom, dad, etc. Consider making card game where your child has to match up these words. I noticed making my son’s sight words fun helped him to catch on quicker.
Want to win some books for your child? One lucky reader will receive the following complements of Simon & Schuster
- Collection of five Little Simon board books
- Plus a Pottery Barn kids book rack set to store them!
To enter, comment on one way you have made reading fun for your child!
Giveaway open to US addresses only ages 18+. Prizing and samples provided by Little Simon. Please allow 8-12 weeks for delivery. Giveaway opens 10/19/18 and closes November 1, 2018 at 11:59 pm est.