It’s clear that when families are engaged in education, everyone wins—schools, families and students!
Creating daily family reading experiences helps your children to develop their vocabulary exponentially over time, boosts their academic performance overall and increases their likelihood of meeting college-and career-readiness benchmarks. These experiences also open their minds and hearts to others and guide them as they attempt to forge a place for themselves in the world.
Here are a few tips to get your child to love reading:
- Encourage reading in your home: Create a special place in your home where you can read together, and set a good example by reading in front of your child.
- Spend 30 minutes each day reading together: While reading with your child, ask them to explain what’s happening in the scene or what they think will happen next.
- Sign your child up for a library card: A library card is free and allows your child access to countless books. Most libraries also host events, such as story times, that you can attend together.
- Consider purchasing an e-reader: People who have e-readers read eight more books per year, on average, than those who don’t.
- Help your child write their own stories: Encourage your child to write stories based on their own lives or on their favorite characters from books, movies or TV shows.
- Start a PTA Family Reading Experience Event at your child’s school: Host a themed event with activities that get kids excited about reading together. Learn more at PTA.org/FamilyReading.