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Fill Up A Kids' Bookshelf And Encourage Reading

The books of childhood should be proudly displayed on your easy-to-reach kids' bookshelf. Your toddler can reach for the activity books he enjoys anytime. Is this not a fun way to teach your kids to love reading?

Make reading a habit

Reading is becoming a lost art. Kids are always glued to the computers or the television. They can watch the condensed versions of their favorite stories in the movies, like Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia. There seems to be a lot of distractions. Develop their interest in reading at an early age and store colorful books on their kids' bookshelf. Line up colorful illustrated books for children on the kids' bookshelf. The pictures can help them work their imagination and the stories are fun. The pictures will also teach them about animals, flowers, and things.

A story each bedtime is also an interesting way to cap a long day. Mommies and daddies can also teach their children the values of life while the kids are young, as well as strengthening their bond with their children.

The advantages of reading to your children

Read to your kids so they may develop reading skills of their own. At the start, when they listen to you read the adventures of Peter Rabbit, they will be eager to know more. Prepare yourself for the barrage of questions and answer all of these. Satisfy their curiosity. Each question answered gives helps them learn about the world around them. Little by little, their perspective will develop. When they are ready for school, they are already well grounded on the classics, albeit kiddy versions.

Vary the stories you read to them. Start them on animal stories and later on move on to fairy tales. Look for books appropriate for their ages. Little as they are, do not hesitate to introduce big words one at time. They will be parroting these words with your encouragement.

As you go along, children will nurture this eagerness to read on their own. Watch their minds grow along with their books. You will be amazed at the variety of books showing up on the kids' bookshelf. Children who are read to develop the skills needed to read on their own.

Active listening

Each bedtime, require them to choose a book from the kids' bookshelf. Make bedtime storytelling a regular ritual. When you read Goldilocks and The Three Bears, encourage them to ask questions. Ask them questions too to find out if they understand where the story is going. If they interrupt to ask a question, answer it. You can also ask them what they would do if they were the character in the story. You'll be amused and impressed at their insights.

Read with expression and by all means act out the words. This will make for a fun-filled story time. After the tale, ask them if they like the story and why. This is a way of developing their analytical abilities at an early age, so stock up a variety of storybooks on the kids' bookshelf.


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