There’s nothing like sitting in your favorite chair, or curling up on the couch with a good book. I especially like to read in front of the fireplace enjoying the warm glow of the fire and relaxing. Reading before bedtime is a great way to unwind from a busy day.
No matter how you like to enjoy books, I hope that all of you have made resolutions to read more this year.
The Importance of Family Reading Time
In our hustle and bustle world, we often forget to take time to relax and refresh ourselves. Enjoying some quiet time together reading can do just that–recharge the batteries so to speak. Children tend to imitate what they see their parents do. You can set an example with your love of reading.
You are your child’s first teacher.
- Read with young children for at least 15-30 minutes daily
- Ask questions about the characters
- Stop now and then, and have your child make predictions about what might happen next
- Share reading with older children – you read one page, then let them read one
- Help your child sound out difficult words
- When you’re done with the book, discuss the story with your child
I remember reading with my children when they were very young. As they got older, we shared reading time. Reading together creates a wonderful bond. Children appreciate this quiet time when they have mom or dad all to themselves–I know my children did!
If you don’t do so already, this new year take time to visit your local library each week. Your local librarian can assist you in selecting books that are appropriate for your child’s age and reading level. Don’t forget to re-read old favorites as well.
For more ideas, the Association for Library Service to Children provides a list of Notable Children’s Books. You will find books that a committee has deemed worthy of notice, important, distinguished, and outstanding at www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb.
Libraries are also great resources for family activities:
- Story time for young children
- Family movie nights
- Game nights for older children and teens
- Adult book clubs
- Craft groups for all ages
You may want to explore some online resources i.e. OpenDrive that let you check out digital versions of books from local library systems, also taking advantage of online requesting of books if your local library supports that.
Make 2016 an adventure in reading for the whole family! From our family here at The Reading Lady to yours, we wish you a happy new year and happy reading!