7 Ways You Can Help a Child Read More

By Craig Geddes
September 8, 2018

When was the last time YOU took for granted that you can read? 

Was it when you opened your phone to read this blog? 

Was it when you followed the recipe to cook dinner tonight? 

Was it at work when looking through a contract? 

Was it when you stretched out on the couch and got lost in your favorite novel?

Reading should be a human right. It’s the education, empowerment, and escape that we all love and need. For our little ones, our youngest, our future teachers and accountants, the next nurses or researchers, reading helps them explore the hallowed halls of Hogwarts and the playgrounds of Pooh Bear’s Hundred Acre Wood. It helps them learn and positions them to lead. 

With International Literacy Day coming up on September 8, we want to share some ways to help all the children around you learn more, enjoy more, and READ more. 

  1. Let children hold the book. Give them the power to tell the story. 
  2. Read with them everywhere—street signs, cereal boxes, newspaper cartoons, notebooks.
  3. Create a “daily doodle diary.” Have them bring the diary in the car, to doctors’ appointments, to friends’ houses, and they can write and doodle, draw and learn their letters anywhere they want!  
  4. Make a wall in your home a learning forest. Create a letter tree and switch up the letter every week, adding leaves that contain words with that letter over the course of the week.
  5. Create Reading Time—let go of the screens and have everyone read. 
  6. Sign children up for reading subscriptions within their interest and ability level (National Geographic, Zoobooks, Highlights, Sports Illustrated, or any number of options). 
  7. Have a reading competition—the more books they read over the course of a particular time frame, the more points they acquire for that new toy or gadget they want most. 

Show us how you’re helping children read! Take a photo and tag @PlanUSA on Twitter or Plan_USA on Instagram.