Do you want to encourage your children to read more or to just to read, period? Are you willing to make changes to the way you think or do you only desire a tweak or two?
A Smidgen More
Focus on words. Next time you are in the car with your children, point out a sign with a river, town, city, or neighborhood sign and ask if anyone can figure out how it got it’s name. You don’t have to know the answer, just stroke their curiosity a bit. For example, we pass a teeny, tiny community called Mount Sylvan. One day, we rounded a ridge, looked at the view that stretched out before us, and realized the community was named for being a high point in the area. Well, duh. But it hadn’t occured to us before. Since then my daughters have become more aware of how often geographical features influence the names of towns and cities around them.
A Lot More
Read together. Even after your children have grown past the point of having you read a book at bedtime, begin a family tradition of reading books together. Either have a parent read the chapter of a book aloud each evening as everyone gathers for dinner or before a television show, or find a book to read simultaneously and pass the book back and forth. Sharing book characters like this can create sweet memories for you and your children, and it gives you a chance to talk about a book and its ideas. And don’t be a book snob and lock into thinking it has to be fiction. If your child wants to learn how to braid hair or is begging for a puppy, then find a good non-fiction book and share it, and yourself, with a child.