If you have a struggling reader at home it is not too late to turn things around. It’s going to be a journey, not a sprint though. My son started reading on track with all the other kindergarteners in his class. I still remember some of the first times he read to me. I was so excited. One day it seemed like it just got too hard and he stopped reading. He no longer wanted to practice reading and anytime I tried to work with him on his reading skills we would disagree and a tantrum would ensue.
I don’t know what happened exactly, but I do know this was at the beginning of his first-grade year and he was really struggling with the transition from kindergarten into first-grade. We later decided to pull him out of public school and homeschool him.
Since then, it has been a long road to encouraging him to read and building up his reading skills and confidence through lots of different techniques, many of which I’ve talked about in my live streams on Facebook or other blog posts.
Today I’m going to talk about a really fun and easy project you can do to make reading and literacy more central in your home.
Our children are going to learn how to act and behave and how to be in the world by watching us. I know this to be true because since I teach online and my husband works online as well, our daughter who is only four, already pretends to work in the very fashion that we do.
If your child is a struggling reader and you are constantly asking them to go sit and read or to work on their reading skills but they never see you read what message are you really sending? Even if you don’t love sitting down and reading a book you can still model for your children that you are a reader. You can talk to them about the different times in your day that you’re reading and show them that reading is important in your work and life. You can show them that reading is a priority in your home by creating a cozy place for them to read that nurtures their love of reading and writing.
When you create a book nook with your children you are creating a special place just for them with materials and books at their level. It’s a cozy corner to escape into the pages of a book. You’re carving out a corner of your home and saying, “here you go this is just for you and we’re going to fill it with materials that will help get you excited about reading!”
You will be giving your child power and confidence by leaving blank books there for them to create their own books in!
You will be honoring their personality and interests by selecting books that they can explore and learn from. Creating a book nook will also give you some accountability in setting up a system for bringing new literature into your home.
Whether it’s using the monthly themes cheat sheet that I created in my book nook freebie or rotating the books you already own. However you decide to do it, having new and interesting books for your children will help to spark interest and curiosity around books. You’ll be helping them find the books that they love!
You can create a book nook in your home for little to no money depending on what you already have on hand. When I decided to create a space for my children in our new home I started by just going and finding what we already had. I was able to repurpose items we owned to create the space without spending any money.
If you are totally ready to build your kids a creative and inspiring book nook in your home but you have no idea where to start, let me help you out! I’ve put together a fun and easy to follow how-to guide for setting up a cozy book nook in your own home.