Creating a Reading Routine

Creating a Reading Routine

Creating a Reading Routine

Encouraging and teaching our children to read is an essential part of their development. It does not only build their vocabulary, understanding and meaning of words, it empowers their thoughts with stable words, dynamic creativity and meaningful interactions

Creating Reading Routine is one effective way to develop your child’s reading skill and habit that can become an educational resource for the child.

Create a reading routine for your child to evolve real interest in reading.


             Reading Routine       Impact on Development
1.   Routines must have a clear beginning

·      Pick a time of day that works for your family (e.g. right before bedtime fits into most families ‘lifestyle

·      Be consistent

·      Start with short sessions and then increase

·      Read to your younger children and have older children read with you or independently

·      Ask them comprehension questions

1.   Organizes the child

·      Understands the concept of time

·      Reduces confusion and anxiety – child knows what to expect

·      Increases attention span

·      Increases comprehension skills

2.   Pick a comfortable place

·      A place where your child can be calm

·      Child will adjust to a routine easier

2.   Creates a love for books

·      Child associates reading with their favorite things

3.   Get close and praise your child

·      I love reading with you

·      Great job reading your book

·      Thanks for listening while I read

3.   Children learn

·      Learning happens when children feel secure

·      Bonding reduces stress hormones that interfere with learning

·      Praising children improves self-esteem

4.   Make it fun

·      Let your child pick the book

·      If you are reading to your child, act it out – use different voices

·      Point to the words

·      Ask your child about what they are reading and what they liked about the book

4.   Teaches lots of New Skills

·      Choices give children a sense of control

·      Choices help children become independent

·      Repetition helps language and memory

·      Role-playing develops listening skills

5.   Routines must have a clear ending

·      Warn your child, reading is almost done. We will read more tomorrow

·      Let your child know that you understand their feelings. I know it’s hard to stop when you are having fun

5.   More New Skills

·      Consistent routines help children learn to wait

·       Children soon learn to express their own feelings