Reading with your children can be immensely rewarding. As Jane Austen famously wrote, “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”, and sharing that enjoyment with your children – and helping and watching your children develop a love for books – is a wonderful experience.
This short article offers five useful tips on reading with your children, which will hopefully help you and encourage you to do so, and thus enjoy all the pleasures and rewards which that entails.
Tip 1) Read the Right Books
Have you ever begun reading a book with your child, only for them to lose interest after a few minutes? Or started a book which was frustratingly too simplistic or too complex? Or are you just weary of reading the same book over and over (and over) again? All those problems stem from not having the right books to read, and it can be difficult to find and acquire the right books. Fortunately, however, Pathenaeum can help out here.
All our books are not only award-winners, but have also been especially and carefully chosen to be appropriate for every age and stage. We guarantee variety too, which will keep your children interested and expose them to more diverse stories. Reading the right books is the first tip in this list because it’s the most important, but Pathenaeum can also make it the easiest.
Tip 2) Where and When
We recommend bedtime as the best place for reading with your children. It ensures that your child will be comfortable, and that there will be less distractions. It also enables you to snuggle up with your children, and intimately share this bonding time. Furthermore, reading is a proven method for significantly reducing stress, which will help your child (and you) to sleep better.
Tip 3) Use Your Voice
Few things in life are as boring and uninspiring as a dull reader. So don’t be dull when you read with your children! Use your voice. Change it. Raise it, lower it. Speed up and slow down. Emphasise key words. Put on a silly voice or accent, or make funny noises. All those things will make your voice – and your reading – so much more captivating for your child. What do you think that your children will look forward to me? A monotone recital of tonight’s book? Or a dramatic and enchanting narration?
Tip 4) Questions and More Questions
Reading with your children shouldn’t just be a passive experience for them. They should be engaged and stimulated, by asking them questions. Before you begin reading, you can ask them what they expect to happen, based on the title and front cover (which can be a good opportunity to teach them about not judging a book by its cover). You can continue to ask about their expectations during the book, and then return to those expectations and consider them at the end. Ask them to summarise what’s happened. Ask them who their favourite and least favourite character is, and why. Ask them how they would feel, if they were the protagonist. Ask them how this book compares to others. When you encounter a new word and explain it, ask them to use it in a sentence. Reading can also be a good opportunity to raise and discuss important issues.
All these thought-provoking questions will help your child to develop and articulate their opinions. This will not only engage them and kindle their interest in reading, but it will also nurture valuable academic and intellectual skills.
Tip 5) Do it!
Our final tip is simply to go ahead and do it! Read with your children! It’s a wonderful experience, and you really will treasure those memories and stories together. There are also so many benefits which you and your children can enjoy from reading together.
And now, with our Pathenaeum book subscriptions, reading with your children easier than ever. Just select the right age and stage for your child (which you can change at any time), and then order your subscription. You’ll receive three superb books every month – at an affordable price, and without any hassle or stress – straight to your front door. So what are you waiting for? Subscribe today, and begin a new chapter with your children.
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