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I ran across a great post on Courtney Joseph’s website:
“My favorite part of the day with my children is when we turn on the little lamp on the side table, prop up the pillows, and snuggle together with a good book. I began reading chapter books to my oldest child, Johnathan, when he was about 4 years-old. The first chapter books that I read to him were talking animal books like Mouse and the Motorcycle, Charlotte’s Web, and Cricket in Times Square since these seemed to hold his interest at a young age . . .
“It has been increasingly challenging to find the time every evening to read together as my children near the teen years and have more evening activities. We have continued to make it a priority to read at least three or four nights of the week, and sometimes we’ll read earlier in the day if we know that our evening is going to be busy.”
Courtney goes on to list some of her favorite chapter books for children.
I love several things about how Courtney read with her children:
1. She made reading time a special time, with special little traditions–like reading in a certain comfortable place.
2. She snuggled with her children when she read.
3. When her children were preschoolers, she didn’t stick with just picture books; she read chapter books to them.
4. As her children grow older, long after they pass the beginning reader stage, she continues reading aloud to them.
5. She tries to read with her children every day–but if not, as often as she can.
What great ideas. What a fun tradition for a family–to read together each day.
October is the month that the Read Aloud 15 Minutes nonprofit organization has targeted for its “Let’s Talk” campaign. Our lives are busy. It’s a shame that we need to be reminded to talk with each other—especially with our children. Let’s take time each day to communicate—that means to talk and to listen.
I love the quote by Dr. John Trainer: “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” The time we take talking with our children is a wonderful investment that will pay rich rewards.
Grandpa Ralph and I love watching our children parent their own small children. I love how they make it a priority to spend time with them, to teach them, to talk with them. Spending quality time with our family is great, but let’s not discount the importance of quantity time.
We would do well to periodically take a careful look at how we spend our time. Are there wasted hours that would be better spent with our family? Use the GOOD BETTER BEST measuring stick. There are good ways of spending our time, but there are better and best alternatives.
Back to “Let’s Talk”—while you’re at it, make sure you tell your children: “I love you. I love you just the way you are!”
This is a fantastic resource that gives tips for reading with not only beginning readers but newborns and toddlers.
For example, for toddlers:
• Make up games while looking at pictures, such as “Where’s the girl’s nose?” or “Where’s Mommy’s nose?” or “Where’s your nose?”
• Name and then demonstrate actions in a book, for example, “Laughing. Look at the boy laughing,” and then laugh with your child.
KINDERCARE’S SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE READING FUN
Here are some ideas for creating fun reading routines at home:
• Cook with a book. Read a book with a food theme before you head to the kitchen to cook something together.
• Read in a tent. Reading in a tent is a fun way to enjoy reading time together at night.
• Have a pajama party. Children love to gather in bed with their parents. Dress everyone in their favorite pajamas and climb into bed for some fun and comforting reading time.
Learning to read shouldn’t be boring. Thanks to Childhood 101 for this list of fun activities to help beginning readers to master sight words. The activities include: Using Scrabble letters to form the sight words, sight words Tic Tac Toe, sight word hopscotch, and ping-pong ball fun.
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