1. Set up “read-a-thons”. Pick a time of day to curl up on the sofa or big bed (ALL of you) and read. You can take turns reading pages or each read your own book, the important part is the whole family is partaking.
2. Create Competitions. Challenge your little reader to a contest to see who can read more, keep track of pages or time spent and have a healthy competition. Most children take a lot of pride in “beating” mom and dad.
3. Write a story together, or keep a journal. Sit down with your little reader and create a story. Start with “T’was the night before Christmas when….” Or “One winter’s day…” And let your imagination roll.
4. Keep a journal. At the end of each day write what you did on that day, how much fun you had and what you are looking forward to doing the next day. After, have your child read it to you before bed.
5. Create a schedule. Make reading a priority, set aside a specific time each day and keep it consistent. Ideally, this time would be first thing in the morning, before any fun activities wear your little one out.
6. Bake or cook with your child. Pick out fun recipes and have your child read you the ingredients and all the steps as you do them. It is a good way to sneak some reading in and have a favorite treat.
7. Give them a “surprise book” each night. Make it so that there is something to look forward to at bedtime. Create a game during the day where they can guess what the book will be about that night. Please keep in mind there is no need to buy a book for each day; go to the library and check out a stack and keep them hidden.
8. Create incentives. Before break begins, discuss something your child can earn by reading 20 minutes each day. Create a chart where they can see their progress each day, giving them a feeling of achievement and reward.
9. Create a game where you stop reading at any point during the text and do not let your little reader know where you are AND jump in and finish the paragraph. If your child does not know where you are immediately, that’s a point for you; however, if they can jump right in, they earn the point. Keep track of points to determine a winner at the end.
10. Find books that coordinate with activities of the day. For instance, if you are going ice skating, find a book about a famous ice hockey player or figure skater; if you are sledding, find a book about a blizzard; if you are watching a movie, find a book about Hollywood.