It is already November, and conferences are this week! This year, as I was reading with students to complete their Developmental Reading Assessments, which show myself and their teachers at what level they are reading, I noticed a startling trend. Each and every student who told me they had read over the summer advanced at least one level, and some even advanced two or more levels! If the students told me that they hadn’t had time to read over the summer, almost every single one stayed at the level they tested at in the spring or they slid backward a bit.
This simply emphasized to me the importance of reading at home. Holiday vacation time is coming, and it will be just as important for our students, whether they are in Kindergarten or Eighth grade, to read every day during winter break as it was for them to read over the summer. I’ve included some tips to help family reading time become a successful and fun time for you and your whole family.
Listen to Audiobooks in the car! Running errands or traveling to and from school can be a great time to listen to your favorite book. Have fun picking one out as a family from our Local Library.
Have a Family Dinner Book Club! Each month, pick a book to read together and then create a themed dinner to compliment the book. The link above has some great ideas for you to start out with.
Make reading a book or a chapter in a book a ritual each night before bed.
Connect with family members who live far away over Skype, Face-time, or Google Hangouts to include them in your reading fun.
Try a magazine subscription just for kids. There are tons of great magazines geared for children of all ages, and everyone loves to get real mail! Here is a list of great subscriptions that I found.
Visit the library together. Our library in Bemidji is open from 9-7 M-Th and from 9-5 Friday and Saturday. Library cards are free and you can check out as many books as you like on them. The check out times are usually long (except for brand new books) and fines for late returns are nominal. They also offer ebooks and eaudiobooks, as well as digital magazines on their website, linked above.