So how do you get our grandchildren to read for pleasure?
We have to show them that reading is pleasurable and fun.
We have to help them understand how a simple book can change lives for the better.
But how do we do this in the digital world we live in?
Well, the answer starts with us.
In the next few posts we are going to look at guaranteed ways you can use to encourage your grandchild to read books and develop a reading habit that will stay with them for life.
Sharing stories and books
Sharing stories is a great way to build a bond between yourself and your grandchild.
It also encourages positive reading habits that will extend to improved grades.
When is the best time to read?
There isn’t a better time to read in regards to children learning or forming bonds.
Traditionally, books have been shared at bedtime because this is the time of day we are ready to unwind and relax.
Why not create a reading time where grandchildren take turns at reading to each other and to you too.
How should we read together?
How you share reading will depend upon the literacy level of your grandchildren.
You might have one person read one day or the children could take turns in 5 to 10 minute sessions.
What should we read?
When choosing a book to read to another grandchild encourage them to choose a book that will interest their audience and themselves.
This way they are more likely to have the full attention of their listeners.
You should always be there to guide your grandchildren to find books that are suitable, but allowing them the freedom to choose will make sharing story time much more enjoyable.