[photopress:Reading_on_Sofa_908.jpg,thumb,pp_style]By Rekaya Gibson
In order to get your child to read, create a family reading room or space in your home. Make sure you include comfortable seating with adequate lighting. Have everyone choose their favorite book, magazine, or newspaper to read for fifteen minutes.
Read at the same time every day. If schedules don’t permit this, have the family agree upon a day and time once a week that’s convenient. Do not schedule anything during this time. Reduce interruptions by turning off cell phones, iPods, and televisions. Once you commit to reading on a regular basis, it will become a habit.
Before you begin, set a timer. If everybody wants to read longer, add ten more minutes. When the bell rings, enjoy a light snack with your kids. Take the opportunity to have each person discuss what they read.