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.