Since 1967, International Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind people of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights. We love seeing families work together to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate society - which is fundamentally the source of a more sustainable society.
So how do we engage with our kids on issues around literacy? For kids, reading is a fundamental skill that opens the door to a world of knowledge, imagination, and creativity. Cultivating a love for reading from a young age can set the stage for a lifetime of learning, enjoyment, and empowerment.
Create a Cozy Reading Nook
Set the stage for reading adventures by creating a cozy and inviting reading nook in your home. Choose a comfortable chair or beanbag, add some soft pillows and blankets, and dedicate a special shelf for books. Let your child decorate the space with their favourite stuffed animals or posters to make it their own reading sanctuary.
Choose Age-Appropriate Books
Selecting the right books is crucial for engaging little readers. Look for age-appropriate books with colourful illustrations and simple, easy-to-understand text. Board books with thick pages are perfect for toddlers who might be a bit rough. As your kid grows, introduce them to a variety of genres and themes to pique their curiosity.
Make Reading a Daily Ritual
Consistency is key when it comes to building a reading habit. Incorporate reading into your daily routine, whether it's before bedtime, during breakfast, or as a quiet afternoon activity. Children thrive on routine, and making reading a regular part of their day will help them associate books with comfort and joy.
Be an Engaged Reading Partner
Reading with your little one is an opportunity to bond. When reading together, don't be afraid to get silly! Use animated voices, make funny sounds, and ask questions about the story. Encourage them to express their thoughts and feelings about what's happening. As they grow, take turns reading aloud, allowing them to practice their reading skills.
Visit the Library
Libraries are treasure troves for young readers, and a sneaky-great way to get kids intuitively understanding conscious consumerism - they're the original circular shop. Take your kids to the library regularly to explore new books and participate in storytelling sessions or reading clubs. Many libraries also offer free access to e-books and audiobooks, which can add variety to your little readers' repertoire.
Bonus Tip: Let Your Child Choose
Give your kids the freedom to choose their own books. Whether they're into dinosaurs or fairy tales, creepy creatures or funny animals, honouring their interests will not only make reading feel like an exciting adventure rather than a chore, but remind them that they are entitled to their own preferences, choices, and decisions.
Instilling a love for reading in little kids is a gift that lasts a lifetime. So grab a book and embark on a literary journey together!
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