- Make a love of reading be your most important education goal for your children. Children who love to read will excel in everything they do
- Show your children that you value reading, don’t just tell them. Let them see you reading
- Make reading a daily activity
- Take outings to the bookstore
- Give books as gifts
- Always have time to read with them or help them with their reading
- Have a wide variety of books on hand, as well as newspapers, magazines and comics.
- Find books that your children are interested in
- Surprise your children with books about their favorite animal, hobby or passion
- Join the Book of the Month Club and let them receive a new book every month
- Create their own little ‘library’ in their room on their own bookshelf. Give them a sense of ownership
- Take your children o the library often while they are young and eager to go
- On special occasions, take your children to the bookstore and let them pick their favorite book
- Buy lots of cheap books at garage sales and flea markets
- Spend more time (and money) on books than on Disney movies
- Make read aloud time fun for your child
- Read whatever books your child wants to read
- Narrate the story with voices and action, get into it and have fun!
- Wrap up quickly when your child loses interest
- Let your child participate as much as possible- let her finish the sentence, read the pictures, take turns reading, etc.
- Plan play activities that involve books- picnics, crafts, science projects, kits.
- Act out favorite stories and characters from books
- Let them ‘read’ stories to their dolls or younger siblings
- Play bookstore or library
- Do projects, recipes, crafts and activities from books
- Play reading games- cross of shopping lists, put name tags around the house, play school
- Have a reading time after meals
- Be aware of how your child learns best- visual, auditory, or hands on
- Do a reading night with popcorn and blankets, instead of movie night
- Don’t do any activities that your child doesn’t enjoy. Learning should be fun!
- Don’t buy books that your child isn’t interested in and make them read them
- After your child learns to read continue to read books to them above their reading level
Elementary School to Teenagers
- Encourage reading a book series
- Continue to encourage and participate in library use
- Don’t schedule so many activities that your children don’t have time to read
- Continue to spend money on books as well as all their other activities
- Try reading plays aloud (and acting them out)
- Have a quiet, comfortable reading area in your home. Make it the most comfortable room in the house
- Fathers, spend time reading with your kids
- Keep books and magazines in the car
- Don’t make your kids turn the lights out at night, let them stay up and read!
- Only own one television, and never put it in your children’s room
- Cancel your cable subscription and buy books instead
- Don’t force them to read something they don’t like
- Send teenagers to the bookstore with money to buy any book they like
- Allow them to choose their own books from the Book of the Month Club
- Read a book together at the same time and discuss it
- Encourage them to write and share what they read about. Do ‘book reports’
- Keep perspective. Reading should be the number one educational goal, but not the only goal
- “It is impossible to sit down to write if you have not stood up to live”- Emerson
The best way to learn is to create a fun environment in which the individual is interested in what is happening. This can be applied to any subject- make it fun, and your kids will be interested and will learn faster and easier.
There are so many tools available to us today to assist in guiding our children’s learning. The internet is one of those.
One of our favorite sites, Starfall.com offers spelling games with simple words. (Go to the page here) They have games to play in which the kids can finish the word- easy words like fox, box, log, dog, etc. It sounds out the letters for them and then says the word.
Additionally, they can print out the words that they completed, and it creates a nice worksheet where they can trace and write the word, and then create a sentence and draw a picture about it.
The interactive capability on the internet is great for combining auditory, visual and kinesthetic. You can then transfer what they do on the computer to a worksheet that carries the learning further. It makes learning a little more fun than doing only worksheets.
Another way to make spelling fun is to make it informal. Don’t require that your child sit down and study their spelling. Take a walk and review the words, spell the things around you, dog, bike, ball, book, spider- whatever you find in the world around you, especially the things that your children takes interest in like dragons, princesses, ballet or karate.
Allow your children to type on the computer. Let them send emails, or post on a blog, to practice spelling and computer skills (a must for today’s world) (Here’s an idea that incorporates keyboard and flash cards)
Remember that teaching something does not have to be difficult or cumbersome. The more natural you can make it, the more you can relate it to your child’s life, and the more fun it is, the easier it will be for them to learn and remember it. Our purpose is to make learning fun, incorporate it into daily life and develop into a lifetime habit, instead of for only a 7 hours a day, 5 days a week for 18 years. Learning is always!
For more ideas on teaching spelling (on and off line), click here.
Spelling Ideas and Lesson Plans
Teach Spelling as a “Word Study” instead of unrelated words
Earn FREE books with the Book of the Month Club
An excellent way to promote a love of books with your children. Imagine their faces when the kid a package at their door with books just for them. They won’t be able to wait to read them. You’ll send a message to your children that reading is important and special.
Make a list of all the books you would like to receive over the next year (as few or as many as you want per month). Shipping and handling is only $3.00 per month, until you spend $63, then it’s only 8% of the purchase price. The books will come by UPS to your door. We will charge your credit card only once per month. You may cancel at any time. (To see the books, click here)
To order email email@example.com
Please include your name, address, phone number and what book(s) you would like for each month of the year. I will then contact you by phone regarding payment.
Order before October 31 and receive a free Christmas Treasury