How to Encourage Good Reading Habits in Kids

I’m a book nerd. Reading is my favorite pastime and slowly my girls are also claiming it as their own.

One way to encourage healthy reading habits in children, I’ve learned, is to let your child see you reading. Even though you may have many (or even all of your) books on an electronic device, there’s something about holding a physical book in your hands that provides a visual example to your child that reading is important to you. Try to make it a point to read from an actual book each day or share with your child what you’re reading. Let your kids see the importance of reading in your life.

Another way to ensure good reading habits is to establish a regular time each day just for reading. In our home, Read-Aloud Time follows Quiet Time — usually around 2:30. During Read-Aloud Time, the girls can sit quietly coloring, playing or doing whatever as long as they’re quiet. We read 1-2 chapters from a chapter book. That’s it. It lasts all of 20 – 30 minutes. Yet, my girls are listening and paying attention.

We also have time every day for individual reading time where all three girls read independently. Even though only one of my girls is actually reading, even the toddler sits and “reads” her books.

If you don’t have a regular Read-Aloud Time in your home or are curious about why it’s important, come over to Year Round Homeschooling where I am sharing my post “Why Read-Aloud Time Should be a Priority in Your Homeschool.”

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Do you have a regular Read-Aloud Time? If so, what tips would you give for someone new to it?

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