How do I encourage my kids to read at my Tallahassee apartment?

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Live Oaks at 275 Apartments offer spacious floor plans with space for reading with your child and just over three miles to the LeRoy Collins Leon County Main Library branch.

Reading is an essential part of your child's education, and you may wonder how best to encourage your kids to read at your apartment in Tallahassee. We put together some ideas below that you can try together at your home. No matter your child's age or where they are in the journey of reading and education, we hope our tips help.


Whether you live in a spacious Tallahassee apartment or a smaller place, you can set up your space to encourage reading in simple ways without taking up a lot of space. If you have an extra unused corner, maybe add a beanbag, special teepee tent, or relaxing chair that your child would like to retreat to every day to unwind and read a book. Perhaps a bookshelf in the rooms to display your child's favorite books and maybe switch them out occasionally to keep them fresh and exciting. Baskets of books around the house are also an easy and space-saving idea to keep books in front of your child. Maybe near the couch, in the bathroom, on the patio, wherever you find your child may notice them and be interested in reading.


The easiest way to provide access to books to your child is through the Leon County Public Library. Your child can pick out books they are interested in reading or about characters they enjoy. Check with your librarian for book suggestions or see if you can attend a storytime or another event at your library with your child. They may offer more programs during the summer break, or you can find books off the summer reading lists from our local schools. If you are looking to purchase books, any used book store or Scholastic is an excellent place to check out where you can buy a variety of books at your child's reading level at a reasonable price. Your child may also qualify for a free monthly book through Florida's free literacy program, New Worlds Reading.


Let's face it, children have access to so much technology now, and we don't need to fight it. We can use this technology to encourage reading through learning apps. There are so many options for every stage of learning from, Teach Your Monster or downloading eBooks from Amazon or your library. The options for learning are endless and can be so much fun, where the child is not even thinking about reading but just playing a game.


If your child needs encouragement, maybe create a reward system in your apartment near Tallahassee. Twenty minutes of reading gets twenty minutes of tv time. Whatever works for your family and lessens the struggle, and eventually helps make reading fun.


Last tip is to read, read and read some more. Spend a few minutes a day snuggled together, reading a favorite book together, reading to your child at bedtime, or even sitting together reading your own book. Your child seeing you enjoying reading goes a long way, and spending that time together is priceless and much needed in our busy schedules. We hope the above suggestions help to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, all starting at your non-student Tallahassee apartment.

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