Reading is a priority in our family. When you love reading, you can learn about anything else that you find interesting – science, math, art, technology, history.
Ways to Promote Reading With Kids
- Have lots and lots of books. I think we have books in almost every room in our house.
- Keep the books accessible. Let the kids touch, read, page through books.
- Talk about the books – before you read, ask them to predict what the book is about. Ask questions as you read and let them ask you questions. Act out the books with toys,
- Make connections with books. Talk about how what you’re reading relates to things in their life and things they’ve seen in other books.
- Let them read what they want to read. But if they are asking for books that I really don’t like reading, we’ll take turns. They pick, then I pick. And their books full of characters and short on plot don’t drive me (quite as) crazy!
Our sponsor, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1.00 to children’s education through UNICEF and Save the Children for every soft toy and children’s book sold between November 9, 2014 and January 3, 2015.
I’m excited to partner with with IKEA Foundation to raise awareness of their donation because I believe that donating money to education is one of the ways to make the biggest impact to better children’s lives. Education has the power to transform lives. Greater education brings greater opportunities, and helps children gain new skills and confidence.
Since 2003, the IKEA Foundation has impacted more than 11 million children. It is looking like this year they will go over $100 million in total contributions since 2003. The IKEA Foundation plans to use the donations to help UNICEF and Save the Children train teachers in child-friendly teaching methods, improve child protection systems, supply educational materials in the schools, help rebuild schools, provide better water and toilet facilities, and increase school attendance rates.
If you’re buying soft toys and books this holiday season, be sure to check out IKEA’s selection!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.