Have you ever thought about encouraging your kids to be reading role models? Reading is one of the ways that older siblings can thrive as role models. Plus, it allows them to strengthen their own reading skills in the process.
According to the Scholastic Kids and Reading Family Report, parents are kids' top source of reading encouragement, but siblings can be inspirational too! Here are three activities that brothers and sisters can do together to build reading skills, clock reading hours, and model a love of reading.
1. Reading Aloud to Each Other
When one sibling reads to another, the child reading aloud gets lots of oral practice especially when reading fluently and with expression. Being a fluent reader helps with reading speed and comprehension of the story.
The listening sibling also benefits from hearing book language, which builds his listening vocabulary and strengthens his listening attention. He also has a model for what a fluent reader sounds like when reading.
Of course, there's also the extra parent benefit in that your kids are spending time together peacefully and enjoying books!