Spending quality time with your kids is invaluable. Planning activities that also help with early literacy can be a great use of your time together, and combines both education and fun. A regular Family Reading Night routine can be a great way to spend time with your kids while also enhancing language development, preparing your child for reading and learning, and empowering families. And having fun!
Planning A Family Reading Night
Planning a Family Reading Night is a great way to get your child excited about reading, and can be a really awesome bonding experience for families. When you add additional fun features to your Family Reading Nights, like snacks, music, costumes or artwork, you’re also building lifelong memories of quality family time.
Steps for planning a family reading night:
- Choose a consistent day of the week. Find a time that will regularly work for your family, and stick to it. This creates a sense of anticipation because your kids will have something to look forward to throughout the week.
- Get your child excited about Family Reading Night, and get them involved in the process. Find out what your child’s interests are. What do they want to learn more about or discover? Would they rather get wrapped up in a fantasy story about dragons and fairies, or are they more intrigued with history and science? This can be a great opportunity to discover your child’s passions and also encourage them to learn about and explore new topics.
- Plan a family trip to the library for reading material!
- If you are having a themed Family Reading Night, plan a family baking night for snacks or dessert as another fun way to prepare.
Tips and Tricks for Making Family Reading Night A Success:
- Change up the genre regularly or choose a theme for the week. This will encourage your kids to explore a wide variety of topics.
- When incorporating weekly themes, make fun snacks to pair, or encourage dress-up, skits, and singing, which can be a fun way to become an active participant in reading. Themes can connect to the genre of the book(s), or even be holiday or seasonally related.
- Make a rotating schedule that determines who gets to read and for how long. A timer can be useful when keeping track of reading times.
- Have family discussions about the books you’re reading. Each member of the family can contribute to a list of questions for the discussion. Encourage everyone to speak and feel heard.
- Put on either relaxing or theme-related music during reading time (help make your kids feel like they’re charging the castle!).
- Encourage your kids to show what they have learned from the story in their own form of expression (i.e. singing, storytelling, skit-making, dancing, talking, writing, drawing).
Have other ideas for making Family Reading Night a success? Please share them here! Any way to make family reading time engaging, fun and memorable is a big win!