I love to read. Finding time to read is something else entirely, but it all comes down to I simply love to read. This love for reading is something I would love to be able to pass on to my children.
At the moment, I feel I’m doing a decent job because my daughter would always want “one more story” right after I’ve read her our allotted number of books before bed time. She would also ask for a story every night before bed. Sometimes it’s a bit of work especially when I’m exhausted but I make sure she gets her stories in 99% of the time.
Now that she’s in pre-school and I’m working 5 days a week, I try to make sure to find time for the two of us to sit down and read. Here are a few ways of how we incorporate reading in to our everyday routine:
- A book basket. I bought my eldest a book basket a few months ago to make it easier for her to get to her books. Mind you not all of her books fit in to that basket. I bought it so we can rotate her books a few times a month. It’s not a crazy rotation number because we only read a certain number of books per night, but this allows her to get to her books anytime she wants without having to ask for someone’s help.
- Scheduling reading time before bed. We’ve included reading as part of her bedtime routine. So she knows that after she finishes in the bathroom and gets her pyjamas changed, it’s story time.
- Reading during quiet time. Sometimes in the afternoon, I turn the tv off when I feel like my daughter has had enough of Treehouse. It’s more of when I’ve had enough of Treehouse, haha! This is when I let her do what she like. She can play with her toys, she can play with her Play-Doh, she can paint, or she can read her books. I don’t force her to read her books during this time if she doesn’t want to because I know by the end of the day we’ll have some reading done.
- Audiobooks. Audiobooks have been a lifesaver on nights when I’m too exhausted to read aloud. It has also helped me on nights when my daughter wants one more story after reading 5 books.
- Using screen time to read books. My daughter has an iPad which we got when we opened a bank account for her a few years ago. Most of the apps in that iPad are geared to learning the alphabets, words, numbers, colours and shapes. I have also installed Overdrive and Epic! so we can use her iPad to check out books and read those we have borrowed from the library.
- Letting her peruse books after bath time. We always have this time after bath time where all we do is sit there and brush the tangles out of her hair. To maximize our reading time, we either listen to audiobooks or have her flip through her books while I brush out her hair.
Those are what we do everyday to incorporate reading in our lives. It is a bit of work especially since she wants to do a lot of other things. I’m hoping what we do now will help nurture her love of reading.
Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to reading with your kids? Please do tell me in the comments. I am always open to recommendations and/or suggestions.