5 Simple Ways to Develop Kids Reading Skills at Home

5 simple waysWith the announcement from Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, announcing a new reading program within schools, I started thinking, yes, schools are responsible to a point to help to improve the reading skills of the Australian children, but, more so, it’s our responsibility as a parent to help our kids improve this skill if it’s one they need help with (but also to encourage at home even if they don’t need help).

So I thought what are some simple ways to help parents develop their kids reading skills at home…

5 Simple Ways to Develop Kids Reading Skills at Home:


5 Simple Ways to Develop Kids Reading Skills at Home #1: Read Everyday with your children whether it be 10 minutes a day in the bath, at the breakfast table, sitting outside on the trampoline or at bedtime to settle them (which our kids loved when they were young). Also be an example of being a reader everyday yourself.

5 Simple Ways to Develop Kids Reading Skills at Home #2: Create a Reading Nook at Home… with books on the bookshelf and a comfortable chair or even some scatter cushions on the floor. If there is no space in the rest of the house, dedicate a corner of your child’s room as a reading nook.

5 Simple Ways to Develop Kids Reading Skills at Home #3: Read by the Seasons. For example are you going on a holiday? Find a book that relates to going on a holiday (especially if your family hasn’t been on one before), and read reviews on the internet together about what there is to do at your destination. Or is your family moving house? When we moved house and States 7 years ago, I bought a book for my girls so that they were aware about what to expect when we moved, which I know definitely took away the anxiety that can happen with some people, let alone children.

5 Simple Ways to Develop Kids Reading Skills at Home #4: Join the Library. Join each child individually with their own card so they have a sense of pride and responsiblity. Buy each child their own (or even make out of old pillow case) library bag also so they can learn to look after and care for the books they have on loan.

5 Simple Ways to Develop Kids Reading Skills at Home #5: Start your own library at home. When it’s your child’s birthday ask the present givers to buy a book or 2 as a part as the present they give your child, and buy them as gifts yourself. We have given books as presents for every one of our girl’s birthdays and at Christmas. Or ask for your children to be given Gift Cards to a Bookstore so they can choose which book in particular they would like. New books can be expensive so visit 2nd hand bookstores, Markets and Garage Sales as other great, cost-effective ways to build up your children’s library at home.

Most of all have fun and enjoy watching your children learn to love reading and watch their imagination grow.