Tuesday, September 6, 2011

365 Days of Reading: Tip #9 - Something for the Boys

In order to grow their love for books & reading, boys often need literature that they can connect to their real world lives and interests. If your son shows an interest in trains, then by all means, load up on train books! This will engage him, motivate him to learn new vocabulary and help him develop his stamina for reading.

Also, don't limit the way you present the activity of reading. For many kids, it is just as FUN, if not more so, than playing with toys; but as parents, we often think of reading as merely a soothing activity, a quiet activity or a bedtime ritual. Don't limit yourselves or your children this way! Present reading in the same "fun", exciting light as you do other shared activities.

Boys also love to be active, so find books for them that they can act out, sing along with or that can be followed with an interesting outing. Example: f you read the sing-a-long book (see Tip #3) "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", follow it up with a trip to the planetarium. If you read a book that features personified animals, follow it up by making some of your own puppets. Books that include their own name are also favorites for very young boys.

Boys who have not yet developed much stamina for seated reading will also benefit greatly from environmental print (see Tip #8).

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