"Where did the summer go?" We hear it everywhere - grocery store, work, beach, playground - and often followed by "I meant to do _ this summer!"
One of those things might have been reading for yourself or with your kids. The Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) works with schools, libraries, and community partners to help inspire a love of reading and writing in children from birth through age twelve. CLiF will bring books and programs to your public library and your schools over this school year. We hope when you prepare for next summer, reading will be something you and your kids move to the top of the list!
You might ask, how can 1 inspire my children to read? Here are some great
suggestions that we will highlight during the year:
- Show your children that reading is important. Let them see you reading - newspapers, magazines, cookbooks, instruction manuals, anything!
- Let your children choose reading material that interests them. Magazines,
graphic novels, encyclopedias, and comics all count!
- Set a goal to read with or to your children for 20 minutes. Start with 20
minutes twice a week and work up to every day. The long term educational
benefits of improving vocabulary and comprehension through reading are
- Build a routine around reading whether it is at bedtime, lunchtime, or on the weekends. Your kids will look forward to the quiet time spent with you.
- Find a special place to read like in a fort or up in a tree to make reading feel like an adventure.
- Listen to audio books in the car. You can check them out at your local library.
- Check your local and school libraries for reading events and reading incentives. These programs are usually free and open to all children.
Visit clifonline.org for more resources: there are book lists, literacy activities, games, and helpful hints. We look forward to getting to know your community over the upcoming year. Happy reading!