Reading is important for any child to get a good grasp of the English language, and also to do well in academics and flourish in the English speaking society of the United States. But it is also important for adults to read. It keeps the mind refreshed and thinking, and makes sure that you remember reading conventions that you learned in school.
So, if both of these parties reading is important, why not do it together with a family reading night? Sounds boring, but it really can be a lot of fun. Not only that, it promotes a culture of literacy among families, and spending quality time together is integral in strengthening the bond in your family.
It also helps increase interest if you make it interactive. Keep a list on the fridge of family reading night ideas, or things your kids want to do. You will be surprised how much more likely they are to participate and enjoy themselves if you ask them what family reading night activities they want to partake in. And then, after asking, if you actually do them on family reading night, they’ll be tickled, even if the don’t seem to care.
If you can’t think of anything to do on family reading night, your local library will usually have some kind of reading program, or even better a family reading program, and you can take ideas from there. There are always places to get inspiration and ideas from, so try a family reading night!