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Ready to find out how I help my child achieve his reading goals? Read on to find out how we make reading fun at our home!
My oldest son is in the first grade this year. He has reading goals that his teacher sets for him based on his reading level. Many of your have probably heard of “AR Points” – right mamas?! While we do work our hardest to meet his AR goal each semester, I want my son to know that reading isn’t only a requirement in life, but is also something fun and enjoyable to do!
Did you know March is National Reading Month?? So, I’m sharing some of the ways we have helped our son to reach his reading goals (both required reading for school and fun reading at home!)
How I Help My Child Achieve Reading Goals
1. Have a fun and cozy place for books and reading. Our upstairs loft is our kids’ playroom. In one corner of the room we have a reading space for them. We have LOTS of books on the shelves, and a soft chair for them to sit in. They can also sprawl out on the carpet, cozy up on the nearby couch with a book and a blanket, or take a book to their own rooms to read. I realize we are very lucky to have this space for them. If you don’t have a playroom you can set up reading nooks in each child’s room, or in a common area of the home.
2. Have a set time of the day that you read. This can be together or as kids get older it can be alone time. Ever since my boys were little, I remember our routine being: bath time, brushing teeth, then a book, then bed! Obviously as they’ve gotten a bit older things have shifted around but it’s been a good basis for a basic routine throughout their lives.
3. Read together as a family. Find books that everyone loves. Let the older children read to the younger ones, and vice versa. It’s such a nice time to bond together.
4. Incorporate different ways to read. I am a huge fan of tangible, paperback or hard cover books. There’s something about cracking open a real book and taking in the smell of the ink and paper, and sounds as the pages crinkle beneath your hands. While my kids do love a good book, they also adore their ability to read digital copies of their favorite stories. I’ve shared a bunch about our love for the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet. We have three of these tablets at our home, one for each boy, because that’s how much we love them! With Amazon FreeTime Unlimited my kids have access to countless books (access to over 20,000 books, videos, Audible books, educational apps, and games that are age-appropriate and hand-curated by the Amazon FreeTime team) more than I could ever fill our bookshelves with! They love being able to read as many of their favorite books that they want to right their on their screen!
As a mom, I like that I can use Parent Dashboard to monitor my child’s activity, including how much time their kids have spent reading each day, as well as which books they’re reading/listening to. I also really love the Discussion Cards feature Amazon has created. It allows me to further connect with my child by providing a summary of content, questions, and key themes for content my kids have read in FreeTime Unlimited. Like CliffsNotes but for the new digital age of parenting!
How will you participate in National Reading Month and help your child to achieve their reading goals?
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