Encourage Your Children To Read By Creating A Home Library

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If, like me, you have always encouraged your children to read, then you will absolutely love this idea.


If you are fortunate enough to have a spare room in your home, such as a converted attic, then why not transform it into a home library? Creating a home library is a wonderful way to encourage your children to read and study on a regular basis.


The best thing about turning an unused room into a home library is that you can also use it. If you love to read like I do, then having your own library might just be a dream come true.

To help you create an educational and relaxing library in your home, here are some handy tips.

1. Think about the library’s location

If you are lucky enough to have the choice of a couple of rooms for your library, think carefully about where to create it. Ideally, you want a library that isn’t disturbed by other people in the house and won’t be affected too much by outside noise.

2. How many books will your library need to hold?

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Ask yourself how many books you would like your library to hold. Will you just be filling it with your books or will you be investing in a new range of books? Are you aiming to make your library a study area for your children? And, if so, how many educational books will it need to hold? Think about your storage needs and decide what type of bookshelves are necessary.

3. Choose the color scheme

Think carefully about the colour scheme that you would like to use in your library. In the past, home libraries tended to be neutral coloured. However, if you want to motivate your children, then brighter colors might be a better choice.

If you want to create a stylish library, think about ways you can incorporate bright colours into the design in a sophisticated way. Perhaps you could use accessories to add color?

4. Make your library comfortable

Any good library is comfortable and cozy, and your home library shouldn’t be any different. If you want your children to use the library to read and study, then it needs to be comfortable and appealing to them.

Adding in plush armchairs and a relaxing 8 foot bean bag, as well as plenty of floor cushions, will make your library a comfortable place for you and your children to spend time in.

5. Think about furniture

Aside from armchairs and bookshelves, think about any other furniture you would like to add to your library. For example, you may want to add a couple of desks or a large table for reading on or studying on.

When thinking about the furniture you want to add to your library, it is important to take the space of the room into consideration. Putting too much furniture in your library will overcrowd it and clutter up the space, making it more difficult to concentrate in there.


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The June Edition of the South Florida Parenting Magazine is out.  It features lots of great ideas for summer including an article by yours truly.  Check it out!
Summer Learning FunSummer is a time for fun but that’s no reason for children to stop learning.  If children are given learning activities during the summer it will make the transition back to school much easier.  Keep your children’s minds active all summer with these ideas that turn summer activities into fun learning opportunities.
summer learning1. Blow up a beach ball and draw a line around the center of it like the equator.  Now write one number 0-9 in each of the colored sections.  Toss the ball around and when your child catches it have him/her add the two numbers that his hands are on.  Older children can multiply the two numbers.

2. Have a kiddie pool?  Fill it up and give kids various size containers- 1 cup, 1 pint, 1 quart, 1 gallon, etc.  Kids can play in the water while transferring water from one container to another.  How much water is needed to fill each container?  How many quarts fill a gallon?  If you have lots of kids over, make a relay race using a measuring cup to carry water across to a larger container like a gallon.  The team that fills their gallon container first wins.

3. Going out to a restaurant?  Have your child find various letters on the menu.  Have older children search for various words on the menu or have them read the menu to you.  Getting ready to pay the check?  Have older children figure out the tip and the change.

4. Have kids practice writing letters or words on the driveway with sidewalk chalk.  Older kids can write sentences or a poem with chalk.  Raining outside?  Use dry erase markers inside on a mirror the same way.

5. Set up a lemonade stand.  Not only will your children get to practice measurements and following recipe directions but they’ll also get to practice counting money and making change.

6. Children love helping in the kitchen so dig out some cookbooks and let your children go through them and pick recipes they’d like to do with you.  Older kids can read through the cookbooks while younger children might need some help.  Once you select a recipe, your little chef can practice measuring while helping you cook the recipe.

7. Make a summer journal where children can write what they do each day.  Younger children can draw a picture and write a few words while older children can write longer stories about their daily adventures.

8. Going on vacation?  Get out a map and have your child help you plot out your route.  Staying local?  Get a local map or print one from the internet.  Have your child plot each place he/she goes all summer with a colored dot.  By the end of the summer you might be surprised how much you got around.

9. Practice calendar skills by counting down to upcoming events, a vacation, the first day of school, etc.  Practice telling time- Going to the park at 3:00?  Have your child figure out how many hours until you go?  How many minutes until you go?

10. Read, read, read!   Read with your child as much as possible.  Have your child read to you, a younger sibling, or even a pet.  Set a goal for how many books you’ll read over the summer and a special reward for completing your goal.  Check with your local library to see if they have any summer reading incentive program for children.  Some banks and other companies also have similar summer reading incentive programs.  When your children are riding in the car have them read the signs.  Younger children who can’t read can point things they see such as letters, colors, etc.
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