Over the past couple of weeks I attended all three kids back to school nights. One of the messages that came across loudly is how important and how much reading needs to be happening on a regular basis. So, we’ve really been trying to make it a daily routine in the house…after homework, after dinner, after all activities and sometime before bed. It’s almost a bigger challenge to accomplish than homework, but once the kids settle into it, they look so cute!
Do you have any tricks to get your kids reading on a regular basis?
My daughter came home from school yesterday buzzing about Anne Frank. She told me she had chosen a book about her from the book basket at school and had enjoyed learning about her. Typical of my big girl, I knew what was coming next. She begged me to get her more books on Anne Frank. Not tomorrow…right now!
I can’t ever say no to a request to go visit the library, so off we went.
She couldn’t even wait until we were home to rip into the books and was getting irritated with her little sister who kept breaking her concentration in the library.
My daughter takes everything to heart. She soaks up the world and feels for everyone. She once saw a story on the news about a baby panda bear in China that died. She CRIED FOR 3 DAYS about that panda. So I’m a bit concerned she’s going to get wrapped up in Anne Frank, similarly to the way she did with Ruby Bridges last year (she still talks about Ruby A LOT). She’s planning on recreating Anne’s diary as her next project.
In the meantime I’m going to focus on the positive….that she is an eager, sensitive and creative learner who loves reading, more than my other two. Do you have a child that loves to read?
The kids all gathered in my sons bed tonight and took turns reading books to one another. It was so cute. You know I just love when they have love moments!
Hope the love continues all summer long :)
My little one came home with these sheets after reading Is Your Mama a Llama? in school.
I love that she chose big to describe my nose. :)
(while my friend’s son chose small to describe hers!!!)
Do you have a child approaching kindergarten?
If so, you should definitely check out one of the books we’ve been reading lately, My First Day of Kindergarten. My kids were amazed (and it surprised me how excited it got them) that I know the author, Kristen Minuto, a very sweet mother (and teacher) from my town. It makes reading the book so much more exciting for us and my daughter has even exclaimed, “I really love how she writes!”… I’m not kidding!
My kindergarteners are pretty mesmerized when I read it, as they draw comparisons between their classes and routines and the ones they are hearing about as they follow a little boy through his first day of school.
It’s really a bright, colorful and adorable book that I would absolutely recommend. We actually started reading books like this as my kids entered nursery school. I know we’ll be getting a lot of use out of this book as we start talking about kindergarten with my 3-year-old. You can check out My First Day of Kindergarten
here or here. And speaking of adorable, here is my son’s artistic representation of it from his homework journal :)
Don’t forget how important it is to read to your kids! What children’s books are you reading these days?
I’ve always loved the library. I can remember, vividly, my childhood and elementary school libraries fondly.
When I got married and moved in with my husband in a new town for me, I promptly found the library and obtained my card which solidified my husband’s assertion that I’m a nerd.
So naturally, as soon as my babies were old enough to leave the house, we traveled to the library! Now that they are school age, they are able to take advantage of the wonderful story times. And I sometimes get a moment to relax in one of my favorite places.
On dreary days when we want to leave the house, it’s always fun to go the library. One near us has a nice toy area, another has computers for the kids. But really, I just love, love, love watching my kids get excited about books. :)
Who else loves the library as much as I do?