Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Top 5 Ways to Incorporate Reading into your Routine:

1. Listen to books on tape in the car.

Audiobooks are a great way to sneak in a few chapters while commuting or taking the kids to different activities. Overdrive is an app that allows you to log into local libraries and borrow ebooks and audiobooks for free—as long as you're a member of that library. Let your child pick the book and they'll get in the car every morning for the ride to school excited about what will happen next in the story you're sharing.

2. Read a chapter of a book every night before bed.

Select something that you loved as a child and your enthusiasm will catch on! Don't worry if the level isn't quite right for them yet—you can read to the kids or take turns with them. During your bedtime routine, such as brushing teeth and putting on PJs, start asking your kids what they think might happen next or how they felt about the way the last chapter ended. They'll be eager to hear more when it's time to read!
3. Keep books accessible for all family members (even board books and laminated books for infants and toddlers). 

Giving your child the option of books during free time allows them to willingly choose that activity. When given the responsibility of choice, your child will not feel forced and, therefore, will have a positive association with reading. Keep a few library books in the car so there are fun options for the kids (besides the tablets and phones) while you're heading from place to place, and bring them along to sports practices or restaurants to keep kids reading during downtime. 

4. Visit the library on weekends.

Just going to a library can create excitement about books. Instead of going out to a movie next weekend, check your local library for events and activities that can keep your family involved with reading. Many libraries hold reading events or even bring characters in to visit. These events are almost always free and they're something you can do as a family!  

5. Incorporate reading knowledge into family interactions. “This muddy stream reminds me of the chocolate river in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Help your child understand that it is possible to relate to books.  Are they having a bad day, like Alexander? Does Grandma's huge wardrobe in her house lead to a magical place, like Narnia? Is your chore list as confusing as it was for Amelia Bedelia? These conversations will not only increase their comprehension of the stories, but also pique their interest and help them develop their own taste in literature. 

We hope these tips help bring your family more opportunities to read during your daily routine!

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