How to Take Your Reading to a New Level…All for Your Children and Self
Career and Life Change
You can teach a child to read…but do you really want that child to read?
Read Without Borders is a non-profit organization that has built a passion for reading among the young leaders in more than 15 countries.
Learn what this organization does with some simple, yet effective steps.
1. Read Together for Every Day
“If you read to children every day, you create reading habit,” said Kathy Keller, Director of Storytelling for Reading Without Borders. Reading with children gets the child excited and interested in reading, and starting to read becomes easy and fun. For many families, it also helps the mom and dad feeling less guilty that they can’t read with their child.
2. Read to Children at Different Times of the Day
Children under three will usually respond best with different stories from different sources at different times of the day, said Keller. Read stories to your child whenever and wherever she can, instead of flipping to a book at night and abandoning the task. Read books to your daughter on her bed and at night, and look for opportunities to read stories to your toddler.
Children today can have busy lives filled with these many demands, but if you force them to read when they can’t, they won’t have fun and they won’t feel stimulated.
And there’s no doubt that a children will miss out on seeing their favorite characters up close and personal if they never see them after the story ends.
3. Have Reading Books Everywhere Your Child Sees
Reading Without Borders brings children’s books to schools, from preschools to elementary school, as well as to the library. Unused space such as window sills can be filled with children’s books to enhance classroom experiences.
You can also give out free or low-cost books to kids on the playground, offer children’s books to needy families to “gift” them with for gifts at Christmas or in school spirit days, or distribute free, free books to community service organizations and charities.
Give books to young children in public libraries. Many book shelves are filled with children’s books from all different bookshelves, including adult titles, so there are many more books than adults at the library. And the book choices, titles and subjects are constantly changing with new books on new topics as they come out.
4. Embrace Literacy as the Other Side of the Coin
“All of these kids should read for pleasure and for fun,” said Keller. A child that reads is a child that can engage in the world and learn and grow.
“Enlisting a child in the learning process, for however long it takes, is a wonderful gift that can be used to help the child develop into a confident reader,” said Keller. When we become an explorer, innovator and leader, “it opens up a wealth of opportunity for each child. And it starts to take precedence over looking at the learning curve and trying to catch up,” she said.
Have a love of reading and children and you’ll have a love of life.