Building a Mini Library for Your Kids
Honing your children’s reading skills should begin at an early age. Reading would help them learn new words and widen their vocabulary. Plus, they learn to appreciate different types of literature. Instead of buying them pocket-sized video games, give them books. Instead of setting up a game room, why not build a mini library instead?
Building a mini library at home is not as complicated as you think it is. Start off by gathering books. You don’t have to buy new books at the store, though you always can if you want to. You can rummage through the present collection you have, or visit garage or book sales. Start off with books with fewer words and more big and colorful photos and illustrations. Choose subjects that interest them. The older they get, the wider the variety should be. Get some fiction and fables, nursery rhymes, educational materials, and more.
Next, choose the right area. If you have a spare room, then it’s much easier. If you don’t, then choose an area, like a corner in the living room or a space in their bedroom. Let them know that it’s THEIR mini-library to get them excited.
Setup their mini-library by getting kid-friendly furniture – shelves, chairs, and tables. It’s better if you get shelves at kid-friendly heights. If you can’t find one, then a medium-sized shelf will do, provided that you get them a safe and sturdy stool like the Kidz Step to let them reach the top shelf.
Read with them. Let them know how fun reading can be. Let them describe what they see. Teach them new words. Let them recall these words by using them in a sentence.
Make reading fun for them. If they suddenly become distracted or uninterested, do not force them to read. Let them rest or play. Teaching them is only effective if they’re having fun.
Let them learn at their own pace. Point the word and help them relate it to the photos describing it. Enunciate the word properly so they can distinguish the sound and learn how to pronounce it themselves.
Lead by example. If you’re pushing them to read but they always find you in front of the computer or the TV, then you’re setting a bad example. Children often imitate what adults do, so if they see you reading, they’d do the same.
Reading is important, so it’s best if you help your children develop a passion for it. Creating a mini-library for them not only helps stir this passion in them, but also makes reading more enjoyable.