Reading Tip # 29 :
Incorporate reading books together and looking at books independently during "quiet time" (usually in the afternoon during sister's nap time at our house.)
Find fun crafts to create that will enhance reading. (i.e. When we read Ten Apples Up on Top my son put 10 stickers on top of his head in a picture & then we numbered them.)
Conduct read-alouds with your kids at mealtimes, when they are already seated & distracted by food to eat. :) Or pack up a little picnic (indoors or outdoors) & have the kids eat lunch on a blanket while you read to them.
Reading Tip #26-Find engaging, interactive books to read together with your younger readers.
*Flaps books; example- What Makes it Rain?
*Pop-up books; example- Fun on the Farm
*Push-pull-slide; example - First Explorers Sea Creatures
*Sound button books; example- Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by: Sherry Duskey Rinkey
*Textures; example- That's Not my Lamb & That's Not My Truck (Usborne touchy-feely books)
(Reading Tip #25: Do a reading countdown or advent together-- for instance, a birthday countdown on Christmas advent. (i.e. 12 days of Christmas or 7 Days ((1 week)) until your birthday.)
Place library books & DVD's on hold or request them online ahead of time.
So when you go to the library, especially with littles in tow, it's easier to check out & less of a hassle for you.
Make text-world connections while reading with your young ones. For example, after my son & I read several fall & autumn books about pumpkin, including Pumpkin Soup, my son & I then made a pumpkin dump cake. Yum!)
Reading Tip #22: Seek or check out books that demonstrate commendable attributes displayed by the main character. (i.e. morals like: honesty, bravery, kindness)
One of our favorites is: The Little Blue Engine that Could, who had self-confidence & bravery.
Reading Tip #21: Acquire waterproof books to be read in the tub, at the pool, etc. (Some of my favorite ones are: shapes, animals, numbers.)
Reading Tip #20: Reserve or check out seasonal books throughout the year & look for holiday books ahead of time. (i.e. Halloween, Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas & Winter)
** Be sure to check out my 12 Days of Christmas (children's) book list for this year!*
I'm Katie Storey. I'm a former elementary school teacher (4th grade was the grade I primarily taught) & I love reading!