Children deserve reading experiences that resonate with their joyful spirits, and their desire to explore and play. These three activities will help.
To help children become super readers, one persistent theme is the power and fun of the read aloud. It's a simple, yet transformative act that brings families together and helps kids learn thoughtfully.
Make the read aloud a daily experience for kids, and use best practices to keep them engaged. Before even opening the book, look at the cover – the Harry Potter books have magical illustrations – and make predictions together on what the book is about.
As you read, stop to ask your child questions about the text – what shape is the scar on Harry’s forehead? Who is their favourite character so far? Which shops would they like to visit in Diagon Alley? Read with enthusiasm and expression by making silly voices, faces, and gestures to bring the text to life. Don’t be shy — the more dramatic the better!
Also remember that reading aloud is for kids of ALL ages. So, start early and don’t stop!
Setting up an art station during read-aloud time is just one way to combine reading and writing with creative expression through art. Bring out the crayons, coloured pencils, construction paper and all varieties of art supplies, and have a child design their own cover for a book they love!
When it comes to Harry Potter-themed inspiration, you can find fun create-at-home ideas on Wizarding World’s Crafting Magic page – which is part of Harry Potter At Home. Examples of crafting challenges include helping your child learn how to knit a Weasley-inspired scarf, as well as making their very own Ravenclaw shoelaces. Who doesn’t love craft time?
Beyond the traditional read aloud, stories can come from a variety of sources, including poems, oral tales, and wordless books! Technology can also be a great outlet – think about ebooks or audiobooks.
When reading Harry Potter, we thought we’d mention that Audible has made the first Harry Potter audiobook free for everyone over the coming weeks. This is one of many classic books that will be available on Audible’s new platform, stories.audible.com. Take a look and see what you can find.
Think outside of the box when it comes to reading and watch your child light up with excitement. Making reading fun fosters a love of reading and captivating our kids with great stories is where true magic lies.
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Illustration by Mary GrandPré © Scholastic