Many educational observers and researchers attribute to family upbringing and wholesome activities as vital factors for sound child development. They often reveal that closely-knit families are more capable to raise children who fare well in schools and in life. They aver that these type of families have provisions for meaningful activities that facilitate learning. They include interpretation of concepts and recognition of printed words. They point out that family groupings and interactions have avenues for conducive learning. Moreover, they claim that these parents are effective learning facilitators and models who teach and inspire children to become avid readers.
Reading is considered as a family undertaking. It is enhanced if reading materials abound in the house. It is encouraged when children are familiar with recognizing things and chores. It involves bedtime and mealtime stories, watching TV and videos and casual picture scanning. It is motivated if there are available materials like drawing notebooks, picture books and fairy tales.
Reading is enhanced by newspapers, magazines and electronic devices that captivate interests and discovery. It is even promoted through tagged furniture, areas, stuffs and paraphernalia for immediate identification. It is also be inspired by labelled decor, personal belongings and utensils that are found in dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms. Through the printed labels, it is experienced by children who understand and interpret everything at home.
Family outings also improve reading skills. They build concepts when visiting malls, zoos, and carnivals as well as going to nice resort facilities, vacation spots and homes of relatives and friends. They also include sightseeing in museums, hotels and food outlets. They illicit memorable experiences which are vividly uttered, recalled and appreciated every now and then.
Other family activities encourage reading by watching TV, looking at pictures or conducting outside activities. They give opportunities for factual stories and games to be created or devised. They help recognize programs, channels and sports. They assist in describing profiles, places and arts. They help identify landmarks, street signs and infrastructures like highways, bridges and buildings. They help recognize different living and non living things like cars, animal and plants. They help identify different foods, fruits and vegetables that are seen and savored. These family activities present matched concepts and printed sources that lead to reading development or improvement.
Experiences in the church, sports events and stage shows also increase the urge for reading. They allow children to understand rituals, showmanship and famous personalities. These family activities involve singing with karaoke machines. They have songs, tunes and lyrics to be read and to be remembered. All of them give opportunities for reading to be established and to be improved with the spirit of fun and togetherness.