With many school years about to come to a close, many parents are starting to think about how they can keep their kids entertained and educated when they will no longer be attending school for a few months.
One of the best ways to achieve both of these goals is to have your kids continue reading all through their summer break. But if your child hasn’t yet developed a love of learning that extends outside of the classroom, here are three ways you can help this passion develop now and into the future.
Make Visiting The Library An Adventure
Even if you have a lot of books at your house, getting new books can be an especially exciting adventure for kids young and old.
If you live close to a library, make it a part of your summer routine to visit the library at least once a week. While you can always check out books that interest your child, many libraries also have activities and classes that your children can participate in. This can help them to develop an overall love of learning that will naturally extend to the books that fill the library shelves as well.
When it comes time to visit the library, consider giving your kids a scavenger hunt to find specific types of books that they can check out. This will not only help them be more excited about going to the library, but can make them more interested in the books they choose to check out as well.
It’s not only the physical act of reading that can make kids love books and the learning and experiences that can come through them.
If your child doesn’t currently know how to read or really doesn’t have a particular interest in reading right now, you can always encourage them to try audiobooks. With audiobooks, your child can do something else with their hands while listening to a story be read to them. This can be a good jumping off point for many kids to develop a love of reading.
Instill Reading As A Part Of Life
While it can be tempting to just do an internet search for any kind of question that your child might bring up to you, if you’re really wanting them to see the value of books and learning, consider encouraging them to find their own answers in books.
Along with this, you can also be a good example to your children by reading voraciously yourself. The more your kids see how fun and beneficial reading is, the more likely they’ll be to develop this appreciation themselves.
If you want your kids to have a love of reading, consider using the tips mentioned above to help encourage this in them.