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Dads and reading

Many adults are more or less into reading novels. That may be because they feel they don't have enough time to read chapter after chapter in this world where everything is so fast-paced, a world where it seems we are constantly chasing the clock. However, even if reading novels isn't on your list of favorite pastimes, you can still act as a reading role model for children.


With Father's Day right around the corner, why not encourage dads, whether they're avid readers or not, to enjoy brief reading moments with their child? Here are a few simple ideas they are sure to appreciate. Display them on your bulletin board or print them for each child's father and leave them in your Father's Day mailbox for them to discover.

  • Looking through hardware, grocery, and big-box store flyers with your child will give him the opportunity to associate pictures and words, practice turning pages one by one, and recognize letters. Sit at the table together over the weekend and look at the flyers from your favorite stores. Encourage your child to search for the word "Dad", cut it out, and use the letters for a special Father's Day collage.

  • Do you like to cook? Sit with your child to look at a picture-filled recipe book. Pick a recipe you can prepare together. Step by step, read the recipe with your child to help him understand just how important reading is in daily life.

  • Have you recently purchased a piece of furniture, an electronic device, or a toy that requires assembly? Read the instruction manual with your child. Show him how reading makes it possible to know about warnings, how various items operate, etc. Let your child act as your assistant. Encourage him to try to follow along in the manual.

  • Is it time to clean out the garage? Invite your child to stick labels on your toolbox or cabinet drawers, sections, shelves, etc. Read the words you write on each label before handing them to your child.

  • When you are driving with your child in the car, read any billboards or advertising panels you see. This represents a great way to integrate reading in your daily commute. You may be surprised to hear your child "read" the signs for you the next time he sees them. Children are great at noticing and remembering small details, such as the letters that make up common words. Catchy advertising phrases will only add to the fun (and your child's vocabulary).

  • Take the time to read the menu displayed on the wall at your favorite fast food place or the menu you can hold in your hands at a fancy bistro, there is a world of vocabulary just waiting to be explored in every menu option.

  • Whenever you play a board game with your child, pretend you don't remember the rules and read them with your child. Ask him questions to see if he understands what you are reading.

  • Are you into automotive, golf, or hockey magazines? Do you have several magazines lying around the house? Make sure your child sees you reading them and let him manipulate old magazines. Depending on your child's age, he will enjoy looking at the pictures, cutting or tearing them, observing the words, circling the letters that make up his name, etc.

Have fun reading on Father's Day!

 

Patricia-Ann Morrison


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