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How to Encourage Early Readers

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Reading fun stories can be a great way to connect with your pre-schooler. Foster the love of reading starting at this early age through these three tips.

Make Reading Part of Their Week

Seek event opportunities to publicly connect your pre-schooler with stories. Your local library might offer a regular weekly story hour. And your local Indigo Chapters bookstore has special kid’s activities. These events include storytime and play opportunities (like summer camp, spring break and science day) that reinforce the connection between stories and fun. Call or visit your local Indigo Chapters to find out more. Your local community centre might also offer events that centre around reading.

Make Reading Part of Their Day

Set aside a special time each day when you and your child sit and read 1 to 2 stories together. This could be before bed or first thing in the morning, or anytime when you have a few quiet moments to get lost in a story. Be sure to be regular, and committed, to your time. And to make it extra special, why not keep a book log of all the titles you read together? It is a great record of your time spent. When you are looking for inspiration and what to read, check out your local Indigo Chapters bookstore  for some pretty great deals (or shop online: we like the “Deal of the Week” feature on the website). You can sign up for Plum Rewards, a rewards programme that gets you free stuff, as well as a newsletter that keeps you informed of all the great deals and activities.

Make Reading Part of Their Life

Reading is a fundamental life skill. Learning to read might be motivated by being able to access fun stories, but reading is also about making it in the world. Integrate reading into your daily activities: ask children to help you read signs and directions. Stopping to take a moment to learn helps reinforce the importance of reading while also squeezing in a few lessons. And as a reward, head over to your local Indigo Chapters where children can read signs and directions pointing them to their favourite section: Indigo Kids!

Although this post has generously been sponsored by Indigo Chapters, the opinions and language are our own, and in no way do they reflect Indigo Chapters.

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