Have a little bookworm on your hands? Or, perhaps you have a young reader who hasn’t quite discovered her inner passion for the written word? Either way, a children’s book club may prove an ideal (and fun!) activity for your child to participate in.
Understanding The Benefits Children’s Book Clubs Offer
No matter where your child’s reading zeal currently falls, children’s book clubs can prove an invaluable tool to help reinforce and enhance their already existing literacy skills in an enjoyable group setting. Beyond merely strengthening their reading prowess, children’s book clubs also offer a fun way to hone their:
Communication skills: Participating in children’s book clubs allow even the youngest reader a chance to work on their ability to convey their ideas and successfully interact with others.
Cognitive capabilities: Discussing a book in a group setting with peers (or with parents) is a great way to help them expand their cognitive thinking abilities and absorb different ideas and concepts.
Social aptitude: Beyond simply learning how to talk about the current book, children’s book clubs also help kids learn about social etiquette such as turn taking and listening.
Exposure to new things: It’s no secret that sometimes our children can struggle with change and new things; a book club can provide an ideal format for our little ones to enjoy exposure to new themes, topics and stories that they wouldn’t necessarily choose on their own.
Setting Up For Success
Whether starting your own or enrolling your child in an already-existing children’s book club, it’s important to ensure that you’re setting yourself (and your little reader!) up for a successful venture. Find a group that will support and slightly challenge the existing reading level your child is at. Not sure exactly what that level is? Contact your child’s teacher for input – not only will they give you the insight you need to pick or start an appropriate group, but teachers can prove an invaluable resource for book referrals that will pique a child’s interest, keep them engaged and most importantly, continuously strengthen their literacy skills to ensure the book club experience is a positive one.
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