Keep Your Kids Reading Over the Holidays and Winter Break

Mother Reading to Son

Parents and caregivers play an important role in supporting children’s reading development, especially when children are having difficulty.  With Winter break and the holidays right around the corner, remember to take time to keep your children engaged in learning and reading.  Remember you can “sneak” reading into daily activities with your children –

  • Have your children read holiday cards when they are received in the mail, and let them write a message in outgoing cards. 
  • Let children read ingredients from holiday recipes while you bake together. It’s a great way for them to learn measurements and temperatures. 
  • Set aside time for kids to “show off” their new reading skills to visiting relatives. Children love being the focus of attention, and grandparents are usually more than willing to see their progress. 
  • Make special holiday readings a tradition. Find a special book for Hanukkah or Christmas, and have each member of the family read from it at the same time each year. 
  • Listen to audiobooks together. 
  • Even if no books make your child’s wish list, make sure you give at least one as a gift and encourage them to read it. 
  • Find books that focus on an interest your child has. For example, if they ask for a bike, find a book on Lance Armstrong, or a children’s book that includes a bicycle adventure. There are books out there to suit every interest under the sun – it just takes a little browsing. 

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