Think you don’t have time in your busy schedule to read with your kids? Think again. Reading with and to your children is worth the effort. It can help you end the day in a lovely way, bond you with your teens when they may not want to talk, and give you important, interesting and amazing subjects to discuss.
Even if you only have a few minutes, you can read together. Here’s a handy guide from Scholastic to help you see how.
Now, how to find the time? It’s easy. Here are some tips from Scholastic about how to squeeze in some reading aloud.
- For younger kids, always keep a board book handy in a bag or stroller. Pull it out and read when you’re stuck in line.
- Read aloud time can be brief. Bring interactive books along, like StoryPlay, which provide prompts or questions in the middle of the story to keep kids (and let’s face it, parents, too) engaged. An easy distraction when you and your kids need one.
- Don’t forget about older kids. Research shows that reading aloud decreases after age 5. Scholastic suggests that early readers do a “round-robin” style practice and read at dinner time. For older kids, make your dinner prep time their read aloud time. Have your older kids read a genre they love aloud to you as you cook dinner.