Print Motivation is the first skill children must develop in order to be able to learn to read later.  PM is simply put a love of and interest in books. If you are not interested in books, you are not going to be very motivated to want to spend time with them, figuring them out and learning to read them.

How is PM developed? Children grow to love books when they spend enjoyable time with a caring adult and a book “just happens” to be involved. The enjoyment and pleasure factors are built around the time spent together with someone who loves them, cares for them, and gives them their undivided attention for even just a few minutes. You really are your child’s favorite “toy!”

So there’s these good vibes happening between you and a kid AND there’s this thing here too, a book.  Those good vibes get associated with the book since it is present in the same time and space.  It’s that simple.

How do you encourage that association that will grow into PM? Spend even just a few minutes every day with your child and a book–and it’s never too early (or too late) to start!

  • Keep it fun.
  • Stop when it’s not fun.
  • Follow the child’s lead.
  • And no fussing allowed.

Other factors that encourage PM include:

  • Having lots of books around and handy (don’t stick them up on a shelf).
  • Letting your children see you reading especially men.
  • If you don’t know how to read or reading is not fun or even difficult, pretend to read anyway! It’s that important!
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