March was designated as National Reading Month with a goal to motivate Americans of all ages to read every day. The goal was simple: motivate Americans of all ages to read every day. Health benefits of reading include improving your memory and vocabulary, as well as increasing empathy and relieving stress.
Reading for pleasure has been in steady decline due to screen time habits in our modern age. So it’s especially important that we help children learn to become readers for pleasure and for school success.
Here are some tips designed for children in kindergarten through third grade:
- Aspiring readers struggle to compete with television programming and video games. Turn off the TV and encourage reading as a free-time activity every day.
- Be willing to read it again … and again. Kids love to reread their favorites, and repetition helps build accuracy and confidence.
- Engage regularly in the practice of “I read to you, you read to me.” Taking turns reading aloud to each other is a great bonding activity.
- Help your child record a short book review using your phone. Children love to see themselves on film, and sharing their opinion will boost confidence.
- Pick a book from the 2020 MISelf in Books list, an annual list of diverse titles prepared by school librarians for the Michigan Association for Media in Education. Find it at mimame.org/miself.
For more reading activities, pick up a free March is Reading Month calendar at any CADL branch. Children can earn a prize by participating. Call your branch or visit cadl.org/reading-month for details.