A great way to keep your little ones' brains active while they are away from the classroom is to make sure he or she keeps reading (or is read to). Even if your little one hasn't started preschool yet, encourage them to look at books through participation in a Reading Program. Often sponsored by bookstores and libraries, most Reading Programs promise some type of reward and often include fun activities as well as helpful hints and guidelines for parents on how to encourage your child to read.
You can make reading more fun and exciting by introducing technology to your child and expanding your home library to include a collection of audio picture books. Audio picture books are easily transported for anywhere, anytime learning because you can download to any laptop computer, smart phone or mobile device with video capability. Whether you are headed to the airport, taking a road trip, or merely running daily errands, audio picture books can entertain kids and make the journey more fun. TodsCircus.com offers a series of nursery rhymes and classic fairy tales such as "Red Riding Hood" and "Jack and the Beanstalk" with character narrations, illustrations, music and sound effects that allow kids to watch, listen, read and learn independently or with parental supervision and participation.
Here are a few tips to make reading more enjoyable for your children:
Join a Reading Program through your local library or bookstore. Programs are available for all ages and reading levels.
Encourage reading while traveling by getting kids to read aloud traffic signs, billboards, and signs. Show your children how to read a map, and let them help navigate.
Buy audio picture books and listen to them in the car, while waiting at the doctor's office or at home. Audio picture books are especially beneficial for a child with a learning disability. For a good selection of classic children's nursery rhymes and fairy tales, go to www.TodsCircus.com.
Read aloud together with your child every day. Make it fun by reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Also, let your children read to you. For younger children, point out the relationship between words and sounds.
The long hot days of summer provide a great opportunity to introduce kids to reading. Encouraging them to read will help them develop a life-long love of reading and give them a head start when they go back to school in the fall.