We have tons of books in our house. It’s one thing that I don’t mind owning a lot of. It started with me when I was growing up and I’m happy to have passed it on to my children. They love a good story at any time of the day.
Today, Jan 27, is Family Literacy Day. It’s an initiative that was started in 1999 by ABC Life Literacy Canada to raise awareness about the importance of reading. My son’s school is commemorating the day by inviting families into the school to read with the kids. I love that idea so I thought I would share some ways that have worked for us to encourage more reading in our family.
1. Make it a routine
Make reading books part of bedtime (and nap time if applicable.) Each night, once the kids are in their pyjama’s and ready for bed let them pick a couple of books and read them together. It is a calming activity before bed and it also peaks their interest as they read about new characters and adventures each night.
2. A Library Date
Go to the library once a week. It’s a great place to get your kids excited about books because there are so many too choose from. You can give them the freedom to explore and pick new books to borrow each week and it’ll give you all something new to read in the house. It’s a good habit to start. Most libraries also offer free story times for children throughout the week which is lots of fun, so make sure to look into that as well.
3. The Bookstore
Once in a while, head out for a few hours to your local bookstore. Many of them have great children’s sections. You can hang out, read some books and then let your kids pick one book they can buy and bring home. It’ll be exciting for them and it’s a better treat than candy or a new toy that they really don’t need.
4. Play games
It doesn’t just have to be about books. Play educational games with your yours kids. Games are fun, it’s a great way to spend time together as a family and your children will learn at the same time.
5. Activity Books
There are so many different activity books out there for kids. There is everything from colouring, stickers, numbers, alphabet, connect the dots and more. Pick a few that incorporate a little of everything and spend some time each week working on the activity books with the kids. It’s another way to incorporate learning and fun together!
6. Quiet Time
If you give your kids quiet time, sometimes incorporate books into it. Let them know that they will be having quiet time for 30 minutes and then give them a pile of books to look at. Even if they can’t read, they’ll enjoy look though the books and using their imagination as to what is happening in the story.
7. Potty Time
It may sound odd to some, but why not keep a pile of books on a stool in the bathroom? If your child is going to be in there each when it’s time to go, let them look through some books to pass the time.
Here is a list of some of our favorite books when we started reading with the kids. What are some favourites in your family?
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