Growing up, my brothers and I always had our bedtime stories. Mom would climb into bed with us and read us a story or two before tucking us in for the night. Every single night.
As an ESL teacher, I’ve always been an advocate for equipping students with reading techniques. As a mom of a kindergarten student, I’m an advocate for making reading fun and exciting. Family Literacy Day is on Monday, January 27th. I hope that families take at least 15 minutes a day to read together.
The interest in reading is not an issue in this house. Little One asks for six to eight books (like Dr. Seuss or Robert Munsch books) each bedtime. We usually cut her off at three! I love that she enjoys being read to, but now that she’s five years old, I’d like to help her read the books herself or to us.
5 Fun Reading Activities Family Literacy Day
- Cooking together – Reading recipes together is a hands on way to get children interested in reading. Take advantage of teachable moments like following a recipe together. Teachable moments at home can help children improve various skills like listening and understanding.
- Reading together – Just even 15 minutes a day reading a story together can be a great way for children to learn and have fun at the same time. When reading stories to Little One, I like making sound effects and using different voices for each character. The more dramatic, the better! Little One loves this and often mimics the voices as she ‘reads’ along with me. If you’re lucky enough to have time to read in your children’s classroom, that’s another great way to encourage reading. The other day, I was the Mystery Reader in Little One’s kindergarten classroom. I read two stories and the children were very receptive and very animated.
- Labeling items around the house – I went labeling crazy and labeled household items with Post-It notes! Everything from “oven”, “mirror”, “door”, “bathroom” to “kitchen”, “fridge” and “toilet” now have labels! Little One has been running around the house and reading out the words! She’s excited and really keen on reading now. Momstown.ca mentions posting signs and labeling items around the house as well.
- Karaoke! Use music and lyrics! Get your child reading the words to their favourite songs. It’s a lot of fun and music is universal. It’s a great way to get kids reading!
- Shopping Lists – Write down items you need to buy at the grocery store and give your child the list. Give them the task of reading the list and finding the items in the store.
What are some things you and your family will be doing to celebrate Family Literacy Day?
Little One’s kindergarten class is celebrating Family Literacy Day by having the students each bring in their favourite book and they get to have a pajama day! My five year old is so excited and can’t wait to celebrate Family Literacy Day!