Developing Early Literacy Skills — Tip #2

Each day this week, in honor of International Literacy Day (September 8) and the back-to-school season, we are posting practical, research-based tips for encouraging young readers.

By Chazmin Baechler

Tip #2:  Make time and space in your home for reading

Think about your kitchen for a minute. Picture all of the appliances, the various cupboards and all of their contents, and the amount of time you and your family spend there. It would be obvious to anyone, based on the amount of space allotted for storing and preparing food, that eating is an important activity in our lives. Now, imagine a home in which reading is just as important: shelves filled with books, furniture that allows for reading comfortably, and the inhabitants regularly engaged in the practice. To achieve this goal you needn’t furnish an entire library, but do try to provide a space in which your children can store and access their books easily (including those borrowed from the library or school), such as on low bookshelves or in baskets. Also make sure to have comfy, well-lit areas for reading, whether on the couch, at a desk, or in bed. The greater prominence you give to books in your home, the more your child will view them as an integral part of daily life.

Feeling inspired to create a reading area in your home? Check out Lookio’s “Reading Nooks for Kids” board on Pinterest.

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Chazmin Baechler holds a Masters of Science in Education degree from Northwestern University and taught second grade in Chicago and Wilmette, IL. She currently works as a freelance educational consultant in Geneva, IL, where she lives with her husband and son. You can reach her at  chazminbaechler (at) gmail (dot) com.

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