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While your child certainly spend hours every week in language arts class, it’s not just their teachers’ responsibility to get them reading. Here are a few ideas to encourage reading in your home.
MODEL READING: During the teenage years, there are few things teenagers want to do less than whatever it is their parents are doing. That doesn’t mean they aren’t paying attention to your actions, though. If you don’t read, there’s a much greater chance that your children won’t either. While it’s best to begin from an early age, it’s never too late to start showing your teen how important you think reading is. If you’re not much of a reader, start small and bring a magazine home from the grocery store or buy the latest Oprah’s Book Club pick.
CREATE SPECIAL BOOK-RELATED TRADITIONS OR RITUALS: When children are little, it’s easier to create rituals like reading a chapter of a favorite book every night before bedtime. Don’t let the seeds you planted when your children were younger wither with time. It may be easiest to link a special book tradition to a holiday, like reading poems that celebrate love on Valentine’s Day, or making sure that a trip to a fun bookstore to buy a book is a part of every birthday celebration. The idea is to create positive associations with books and reading that will last through the whole year and hopefully for life.
KEEP BOOKS AROUND THE HOUSE: If you have books and other reading materials in your home, your teens will be more likely to understand the importance of print materials and to pick them u at their leisure. You don’t have to break your budget to make this a reality. Make regular trips to the library to shore up your supply of books. Subscribe to the local paper or a favorite magazine for a year’s worth of reading for the price of a few books.
READ TOGETHER: Reading together can mean reading books out loud, just like you did when your teens were little. Only this time, they can read to you. Reading together can also mean simply sitting together and reading different books at the same time. By turning off the TV and other distractions of life and simply setting aside time to read, you’ll send a powerful message to your teen. Finally, reading together can mean reading the same book and discussing it, much like a mini book club.
ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT BOOKS: Show your teens that you care about the books they’re reading. Even a simple question like, “What that book about?” can open a dialogue with the potential to move far beyond that one book. Check your tone when talking to an overly sensitive teenager, though. Make sure you though about the book she’s reading rather than the way a teacher would ask while trying to make sure a student has done his homework.