Teaching Tip: Building Life-Long Readers
By Steven Hicks
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
Try these ten ways to build life-long readers beginning in Kindergarten:
- Encourage families to limit television time.
- Model reading for enjoyment at school and encourage families to do the same at home.
- Take at least one field trip to the local library and have each student apply for a library card.
- Read favorite books numerous times and provide multiple copies in the classroom.
- Provide a variety of books in your classroom: favorite read-alouds, books at students'reading levels, student-made books, and books supporting your monthly theme.
- Set aside a time each day when students select books by themselves and read independently.
- Assign a daily homework reading or reflection log.
- Send book orders home each month so that families can purchase inexpensive, quality books.
- Give a book to all students on their birthdays and other special occasions. (Many organizations will donate these books.)
- Invite authors, school personnel, parents, and others to visit the classroom and share how important reading is to them.