Reading Routines

January was a busy month and my good intentions to post several times a week simply fell by the wayside. Isn’t that usually the way it works?  Okay, so I can just give up or recommit to this venture. I’m choosing to recommit but this time, I’ll do it differently. This time, I’m going to establish a routine. I’ll start small and promise to post at least once a week for the next six weeks. Look for my posts every Wednesday…Promise, they’ll be here!

Now, how about you? Are you ready to commit to a reading routine that will begin to make a difference in your life and the life of your child?  Here are some simple ideas. Start small, but start. Let me know how it goes…

  • Even kids like to have a date. With Valentine’s Day coming up, this is the perfect time to institute a “Reading Date”. Have your child choose several books they would like you to read aloud. Then view the calendar together and create your “Reading Dates” for the week or the month ahead.
  • Commit to taking your child to the library (or book store) at least one time this month. Hopefully, this will become a routine.
  • Valentine Surprise: Commit to reading one picture book or short story each day this week. Ask your child to pick a list of titles he loves.  Write one title on the calendar for each day of the week then cover them with a heart sticker. Each day, your child can remove the sticker to reveal the surprise read of the day. A great way to say, “I love you”,  and help your child to “Love” books.
  • If you have an older child, commit to reading part of a book he is reading and talk about it at least once a week. Sharing a book creates a common experience, so you’ll get a lot of “bang for your buck” with this strategy.

About Rita K.

Veteran educator and Certified Reading specialist, Freelance writer
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2 Responses to Reading Routines

  1. readarose says:

    Loved your comments, Kate. Hope this blog can become a forum where parents share ideas. Simple suggestions and a peek into how other people boost literacy in their home can be helpful and motivating. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. kate says:

    Hi Aunt Rita,
    I am enjoying your blog. Great stuff. As a parent I have found there is a time and place for everything. Reading in our house is for “lights on.” “Lights on” is when my children go up to bed. They change, teeth, potty, face etc. and then get in bed to read. It really works for us. It gives them an incentive to get their bedtime routine finished quick and reading allows them to stay up later. We then go up for prayers and a kiss. This activity allows them to calm themselves. They also do not fight bedtime and always want to read more or stay up later. It gives us a chance to turn out lights for the child who may need to get to bed earlier. A win win all around. Buying them neat reading lights and head lamps also makes reading fun. We can take the time to discuss what they are reading too. I often read the same books as my daughter so we can discuss. Now electronics is another story. We have a no after dinner policy which helps a little but I can’t seem to define when is too much.
    Kate

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