High Five keeps parents and children coming back to Chandler Public Libraries, in person or not! High Five is an early literacy promotion that introduces five key concepts: Talk, Sing, Read, Write and Play. But there's more to say about early literacy! Read on for more tips about how to build a reader.
How do you create a great reader? Long before your child is reading independently, you are helping to foster their love of reading. Here are a few simple and effective ways to do just that.
- Create a cozy space to read by designating areas in your house specifically for cuddling up and reading. Include comfortable seating, warm lighting and be sure to provide some stuffed animals as reading buddies. Reading aloud to an animal, living or stuffed, builds confidence and helps with fluency as it provides your emerging reading with a non-critical audience.
- Have books available to your child. Place books in baskets or on low shelves in different rooms of the house that are easily accessible. Allow your child to select some of the books that you read together. Use Mem Fox’s theory from Reading Magic and aim to read at least 3 books a day. “The ideal three stories a day are one favorite, one familiar, and one new, but the same book three times is also fine.” – Mem Fox
- Let your child see you reading. Share your love of a great story with your child. This shows your child that reading is a great part of life and important to you. If you’re looking for a great book to increase your own reading, start here.
- Talk to your child about all of the different ways reading and writing are a part of your daily life and how that makes life better. Some examples include finding a favorite recipe or finding the answer to an interesting question.
- Spend time reading together. Read together at bedtime. Read to your child while they are in the bathtub. Listen to audiobooks from CloudLibrary while driving in the car. Read aloud during breakfast.
These are just a few of the many ways that you and your family can make reading a part of your daily life. Remember, keep it fun!