How to Instil a Love for Reading in Pre-Schoolers

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Develop a Love for Reading

One of the joys of being a parent is witnessing the growth and learning journey of your little ones. Even at pre-school age, children have the potential to develop a love for reading. However, in today’s fast-paced world, capturing their attention can be a challenge. In this blog post, we will delve into the art of storytime. Read on to discover ways to ignite a lifelong passion for reading in pre-schoolers. 

Make Storytime a Regular Event 

Children thrive on routine and incorporating regular storytime sessions into their daily schedule can help develop a love for reading.  It can also help establish a consistent reading habit. It’s important to choose a suitable time for your family and stick to it. Bedtime is a popular choice for many families, but ensure that your child is awake and engaged. If they are too sleepy, they may not be able to enjoy the book. Another option could be having a storytime after dinner or before nap time. Creating a calming environment by dimming the lights and cozying up with pillows and blankets can enhance the experience. As you delve into stories together, encourage your child to participate by asking questions. You can help them try to predict what might happen next or even retell the story in their own words. With regular storytime, you can open up a world of imagination and creativity for your child while fostering a lifelong love for reading. 

Choose Engaging Books 

Choosing the right books for your child is crucial in creating an enjoyable and engaging reading experience. For preschoolers with short attention spans, opt for books that feature engaging pictures, relatable stories, and interactive elements. It’s important to select books that are just a few levels above your child’s reading level. Interactive books or those with fold-out flaps and tactile components capture your child’s attention and encourage participation. By fostering a love for reading at an early age, you’re helping your child develop a lifelong passion for books and learning. Reading together  strengthens the bond between you and your child while also enhancing their language skills, and imagination. So take the time to explore different genres, topics, and authors. By creating a diverse book collection you can cater to your child’s interests and curiosity. Remember, the more exposure they have to books, the better equipped they’ll be to become confident readers in the future. 

Through SHICHIDA at Home lessons, your child can have fun reading along to engaging and relatable books with Shichida and Emma. Check out how SHICHIDA at Home can help develop your child’s cognitive ability and emotional intelligence from the comfort of your home, all while facilitating that all-important bond between parent and child.

Create a Comfortable Reading Environment 

A comfortable reading environment is important for cultivating a reading habit and fostering a love for books. To create an inviting and cozy space, you can include elements like a soft throw blanket, a comfortable chair, and pillows. These additions make the space feel extra special, encouraging children to engage with reading. When children feel comfortable, they are more likely to be receptive to reading and enjoy the experience. By providing a soothing environment, you are setting the stage for a positive reading experience, which can contribute to the development of a lifelong love for books. 

Bring the Story to Life 

When reading, the goal is to ignite a child’s imagination and captivate their curiosity. Bringing a story to life is one of the best ways to achieve this. You can use different voices for each character, incorporate sound effects, and even act out different parts of the story. Encourage your child to ask questions and make comments throughout their reading experience. This interactive approach can greatly enhance their understanding and comprehension of the text. By engaging with the book in this way, you are fostering a love for reading and encouraging your child to explore the world of storytelling. Embrace the power of words and embark on countless adventures together. Let their imagination soar as you explore the fascinating worlds that reside within the pages of a book. 

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Make Reading Fun 

It is crucial for preschoolers to find reading enjoyable, making it an activity they eagerly anticipate and delight in. One way to accomplish this is by adding elements of fun and silliness, allowing you to relive your own childhood through humorous or amusing stories. Incorporating interactive games like “I spy” that involve books, playing “two truths and a lie” about the books you read, and giving out prizes upon completing a set number of books with your child can greatly contribute to the enjoyment of reading. By creating a positive and engaging reading environment, you can foster a love for books and help your child develop valuable literacy skills. 

Grab a Book! 

In conclusion, instilling a love for reading in pre-schoolers is a beautiful gift that parents can give their little ones. By making storytime a regular event, choosing engaging books, creating a comfortable reading environment, bringing the story to life, and making reading fun, you can unlock the magic of storytime and ignite a lifelong love for reading in your pre-schooler. In doing so, you set them up for success in school and life. 

So grab a book, snuggle up and enjoy the ever-evolving world of stories with your little ones! 

Check out how SHICHIDA at Home can help develop your child’s cognitive ability and emotional intelligence from the comfort of your home, all while facilitating that all-important bond between parent and child. 

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