30 Ways to Help Your Child Become a Serious Book Lover

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<ul><li><p>8/4/2019 30 Ways to Help Your Child Become a Serious Book Lover</p><p> 1/12</p><p>A Free E-Book For Parents Everywhere</p></li><li><p>8/4/2019 30 Ways to Help Your Child Become a Serious Book Lover</p><p> 2/12</p><p>DISTRIBUTION INFORMATION:</p><p>This mini-doc is free, extracted from the authors considerable reservoir of</p><p>knowledge, and does not contain any affiliate links.</p><p>Share it with anyone else whose children may benefit from these ideas, as</p><p>long as you give complete credit to the author Linda Ogier ofHeartfire At</p><p>Homeunder the terms of theCreative Attribution 3.0 License.</p>http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/</li><li><p>8/4/2019 30 Ways to Help Your Child Become a Serious Book Lover</p><p> 3/12</p><p>If youve been around my blogHeartfire At Homefor any amount of time</p><p>you know how crazy I am about books. And, particularly how crazy I am</p><p>about books as part of the tapestry of a true home and as a grounding for</p><p>any child.</p><p>For me, if a house is to be a home for a child. It MUST have books in it</p><p>(and not just for decoration purposes!), plus a comfy place to become</p><p>immersed in those books.</p><p>As you know, Im mad about interior design and how we can make it more</p><p>holistic and connected to our lives. Iblog joyfully about this concept, and</p><p>spend many, many hours helping those in my real offline world to do just</p><p>that in many ways.</p><p>What you may not know however, is Ive also been a practicing primary</p><p>school teacher as well for over 24 years (four days a week still), and Im</p><p>specifically trained (an extra year on top of my 4 year Bachelor Degree) in</p><p>the area of reading.</p><p>So, I know a tad about it. </p><p>Here then, are 30 ideas (plus a few more, and then one big one), to help</p><p>your child become a true lover of books. Most of these can be used with</p><p>picture story books for younger school age children, or longer chapter books.</p><p>Read on..</p>http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/</li><li><p>8/4/2019 30 Ways to Help Your Child Become a Serious Book Lover</p><p> 4/12</p><p>30 WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD BECOME</p><p>A SERIOUS BOOK LOVER and A GREAT READER!</p><p>1. Read TO them, particularly books that are too hard for them at the</p><p>moment. The only way theyllget to hear amazing literature thats a</p><p>little bit hard for them is if someone (YOU) reads it to them.</p><p>2. Read WITH them. If you read along together, they can model their</p><p>expression and phrasing on yours. Great practice for them!</p><p>3. Listen to them read. And then, talk to them about what theyve</p><p>read.</p><p>4. Praise them when they read well or figure out an unknown word.</p><p>5. Pause dont jump in immediately if they get stuck - give them a</p><p>chance to figure it out (around 10 to 20 seconds).</p><p>6. Prompt if theyre still stuck after youve paused appropriately,give them a prompt (a clue), or just tell them the word. You dont</p><p>want to lose the flow of the story or else theyll forget what theyre</p><p>reading about and enjoyment will fade.</p><p>7. Take turns reading parts of a page, or a page each.</p><p>8. Read your own books sitting next to each other, and then share</p><p>your fave bits.</p><p>9.Read your own books sitting back to back human touch is a</p><p>bonding experience</p><p>10.Have poetry reading sessions find some funny poems and stand</p><p>up and read them aloud to each other!</p><p>11.Find some books with childrens plays in them and have a go at</p><p>practicing and performing them!</p></li><li><p>8/4/2019 30 Ways to Help Your Child Become a Serious Book Lover</p><p> 5/12</p><p>12. Get them to write their own scripts for a play and then perform</p><p>them.</p><p>13. Ask interesting questions about the characters in the story -</p><p>Whats the worst thing thats happened to your favorite character in</p><p>the book? The best thing? Why do they think that? How do they feel</p><p>about..? What would you do if you were in their place?</p><p>14. At the end of a page or chapter ask them to predict what will</p><p>happen next in the story. High five if you were right!</p><p>15. Keep a chart with a gold sticker or star for every book read. When</p><p>you get to a pre-determined limit (5, 10, 20), go for a trip to the</p><p>bookstore and buy a favorite book.</p><p>16. Get out your scrapbooking materials and make up a scrapbookpage representing a character, a place, an object or an emotion from a</p><p>favorite story.</p><p>17. Draw a map of all the places in the story. Look at maps from The</p><p>Hobbit and Narnia for inspiration.</p></li><li><p>8/4/2019 30 Ways to Help Your Child Become a Serious Book Lover</p><p> 6/12</p><p>18. Get out paints, textas, pens, charcoal, all sorts of drawing</p><p>materials and make a picture about the story/book. Collage is great</p><p>too!</p><p>19. Use sticky notes (kids LOVE them) to mark up favorite pages in a</p><p>story or book. Use these to refer to when looking for ideas to</p><p>draw/write/scrapbook about.</p><p>20. Use sticky notes to stick on pages with unknown words that you</p><p>could look up later together.</p><p>21. Use sticky notes to stick on pages in non-fiction books that</p><p>provoke questions they would like answered, then Google more info</p><p>later on.</p><p>22. Use the interest generated in the last idea to create a mini project</p><p>or book on their topic of interest.</p><p>23. Use a program likeaudiobooto get the children reading aloud on</p><p>to the computer and creating podcasts of their reading to hear what</p><p>they sound like!</p>http://audioboo.fm/?utm_source=www.audioboo.com&amp;utm_medium=redirect&amp;utm_campaign=landing_redirecthttp://audioboo.fm/?utm_source=www.audioboo.com&amp;utm_medium=redirect&amp;utm_campaign=landing_redirecthttp://audioboo.fm/?utm_source=www.audioboo.com&amp;utm_medium=redirect&amp;utm_campaign=landing_redirecthttp://audioboo.fm/?utm_source=www.audioboo.com&amp;utm_medium=redirect&amp;utm_campaign=landing_redirect</li><li><p>8/4/2019 30 Ways to Help Your Child Become a Serious Book Lover</p><p> 7/12</p></li><li><p>8/4/2019 30 Ways to Help Your Child Become a Serious Book Lover</p><p> 8/12</p><p>29. Let them have a torch to read for a few minutes (10? 20?) in bed</p><p>at night and make it a little secretive, special, just for them</p><p>experience. They will never forget this!</p><p>And finally.</p><p>30. Let them read to their younger/older siblings. This makes themfeel special and like an expert especially if theyre reading a book</p><p>thats really easy for them to a younger brother or sister and talking</p><p>about the book with them, explaining the pictures to them etc.</p><p>NOW, keep reading for some extra tips</p><p>and one BIG idea at the very end!</p></li><li><p>8/4/2019 30 Ways to Help Your Child Become a Serious Book Lover</p><p> 9/12</p><p>Some Entertaining Extras:</p><p>1.Whatever you do. Make it fun! Go for picnics and take a bookeach and have a picnic read-a-thon.</p><p>2.Sit under a shady tree on a hot day, or (horror), climb one togetherand read a book up there (a-m-a-z-i-n-g).</p><p>3.Make a tree-house with shelves for special books.4.Pitch a tent out in the back yard and read by torchlight.5.Take a family photo with everyone peeking over their favorite</p><p>opened book and blow it up and put it on the wall near your special</p><p>reading corner or place. (LOVE it!)</p><p>6.Make trips to the library together stop and have afternoon teasomewhere... make it as special as possible.</p><p>7.Read a book and then go to see the movie or borrow a DVD of thesame book and compare them.</p><p>8.Get creative in any way you can think of! Making books a part ofspecial memories will create a love for books and reading that will</p><p>be life-long.</p></li><li><p>8/4/2019 30 Ways to Help Your Child Become a Serious Book Lover</p><p> 10/12</p><p>And, one more thing for those children who already love</p><p>their books and for whom youd like to take things a little</p><p>further!</p><p>You know how some grown-ups get together for abook club where theyeach read the same book and then get together on a regular basis to discuss</p><p>the book?</p><p>Well. If your child is up to reading reasonably lengthy chapter books (like</p><p>Harry Potter, The Narnia series, The Hobbit, The Secret Garden etc), theres</p><p>no reason you cant do the same with a bunch of interested children!</p><p>This could be 3 to 5 kids all with the same book, and each week (or</p><p>whenever they meet) they could be assigned 3 or 4 chapters (or whateversuits), and could meet up at a parent's house to read out their favourite bits,</p><p>talk about any words/parts they may not have understood, discuss what the</p><p>characters are thinking or doing, and to guess/predict what they think is</p><p>going to happen in the next few chapters.</p><p>It could only take 30 mins or so, they could have a yummy afternoon snack,</p><p>and then they could have a quick play together and be picked up by their</p><p>parents.</p><p>If it was your own child plus 3 more, you could fit them all in one car, and</p><p>the parents could take turns picking them up from school on the designated</p><p>day each week. So, you'd only have to go and pick them up from whereverthey were. Good way to meet the other parents (or chat more with them),and also a good way for parents to get involved in a different way as the</p><p>parent whose home it was at would have to 'lead' the discussion somewhat.</p><p>You could even have your own adult book group for half an hour after theirswhile they played if you were all feeling really industrious! Then they'd get tosee parents discussing books too (even though they'd be playing, they'd</p><p>notice). They may even choose to sit in! Although you'd have to pick childfriendly books - lol.</p><p>So in short.....</p><p>1. 3 to 5 kids with same book.</p><p>2. Get together once a week (or fortnight etc) for 30 mins of book time.3. See if what they predicted the week before came true (see part 7 below).</p><p>4. Share their favourite part.</p></li><li><p>8/4/2019 30 Ways to Help Your Child Become a Serious Book Lover</p><p> 11/12</p><p>5. Share unknown words, bits they weren't sure of, or interesting thoughts</p><p>they may have about a happening or character (get them to make a note of</p><p>these while they're reading during the week, or use little post it notes tostick in the books).</p><p>6. Ask if there's anything they'd like to know more about and research. For</p><p>instance, they might be reading a fairytale that has dragons in it, and mightlike to 'research' dragons and do a little project on them to bring and sharethe next week. Different kids would be interested in different things.</p><p>7. Ask them to predict what they think will happen next (write these down in</p><p>a little 'book club journal').</p><p>The steps above are based very loosely on the targeted group reading model</p><p>we shift to in the grade 3/4 areas in our schools in Australia, and are</p><p>fabulous for those children who are really up to getting more deeply involved</p><p>in what theyre reading.</p><p>Thanks so much for taking the time to get serious about helping yourchildren LOVE books.</p><p>I hope my suggestions have given you something new to try or to think</p><p>about including in your family time!</p><p>And remember</p></li><li><p>8/4/2019 30 Ways to Help Your Child Become a Serious Book Lover</p><p> 12/12</p><p>Linda. xox</p><p>Heartfire At Home Blog</p>http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/http://heartfireathome.blogspot.com/</li></ul>

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