Encouraging Kids to Read

Do you read aloud to your kids? You should.

Not ¬†only will they enjoy it, there’s the example you are setting for them.

Believe it or not, these photos were completely unstaged. I took them on separate occasions when I just happened upon these impromptu reading sessions.

My kids enjoy reading because they see that I enjoy reading.

Read aloud to your kids. You’ll be teaching them more than you think.

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  1. We are storying reading fanatics here. I love to see sights like these in my home.

  2. richer than I you will never be
    I had a mother who read to me
    stricland

    love the pictures….

  3. Mine is a fluent reader now, but she still enjoys being read to every once in awhile. Usually when she’s tired. She’s figured out that she can read faster in her head than I can out loud so if she’s REALLY into a book, she’ll read on her own. However, there are still nights when she wants to cuddle and have me read one of her favorite picture books (all the fun voices included). She now reads to her younger cousins – all the fun voices included.

  4. I started reading to my daughter in utero. She didn’t start getting into it until 9-10 months…but once she did, oh boy! Books and blocks with letters are her favorite “toys”. She loves for us to read to her and I’m so glad. In fact her obsession with Dr. Seuss’ ABC book has led to her learning all of the letters before she turned 20 months old…she can’t say them in order, but she knows each one of them. We didn’t even try, we just read her the book every time she asked (which was a lot!) and she learned on her own. She really loves books and I’m hoping that she doesn’t outgrow it :)

  5. Well put.
    “The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
    And all the sweet serenity of books.”
    ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    My kids are 5th- and 3rd- grade, kindergarten, and preschool… and even the older kids enjoy being read to every morning and evening.
    Reading always opens new worlds.

  6. Cute pictures. I totally agree. My 3 year old loves to be read to and she will often be found laying in her bed “reading” books to her stuffed animals. I’m hoping my 5 month old twin girls will love it just as much, but this time around things are so crazy with having 2 babies, that I don’t read to them like I did my first. I keep thinking…one of these days we’ll start that! :)

  7. I do read aloud to my children both for play and for homeschool (we use Tapestry of Grace). I am going to admit that I really do NOT like reading aloud. I force myself to do it and I am usually happy I did. And yes, you are right, they watch us and do what we do, and so when they see Mommy reading that follow suit.

  8. So true! I have always made it a point to read out loud to my daughter every day. She is a very fluent reader and loves to read on her own or read to others too.

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