Spring is just around the corner and that means students will be out for spring break soon. I know you’re busy and it is hard to fit it all in. However, it is so important that kids keep reading during their time off. The practice of reading makes kids better readers, but here is an added bonus:
Reading improves relationships
Because we are busy, it is difficult to have “quality” one-on-one time with our children without distractions. Building 20 minutes into each day for reading together provides this im-portant bonding time. There is nothing more wonderful than snuggling a young child on your lap while reading a few storybooks aloud. Even if your child is beyond the “snuggling” stage, spending 20 minutes reading independently provides you with quiet, uninterrupted time together engaged in the same activity.
So what can you do at home to help your child keep up? There are plenty of ways to make reading fun:
- Go to the library and check out a variety of things to read; kids magazines, nonfiction and fiction books, newspapers from years past, journals about an interesting topic.
- Have kids read joke books, the cereal box, poems, a grocery list, a play and song lyrics.
- Read while wearing silly glasses using funny voices (robot, queen/king, mouse, giant).
- If your child is not reading yet, practice saying the letter sounds of the alphabet.
- Put basic sight words on notecards and post them around the house. Label everything.
- Read to them and be their biggest supporter. Encourage them. Praise them.
The key here is to find things that interest your child and have fun while reading.
The staff at Ruth Clark encourages your child to read over the weekends and holiday breaks. Our goal for your child is to instill a life-long love of reading and learning.