Today is the start of something big, and something really important for our kids… but, its also something I don’t normally share about here.
We’ve always been big into reading here… but its never been on the forefront of my mind of sharing what we’re reading with you guys, mostly because we like to read the same books over and over again, and honestly, we don’t get to the library as much as we should.
So why am I talking about reading now?
I’m doing a series with Jillian of A Mom with a Lesson Plan and Alissa of Creative with Kids about reading through the summer and finding ways to promote reading to our kids and learning to read through the summer.
I realized this was perfect timing for us. Henry is at the beginning stages of really reading. He’s been learning sight words pretty fast during the last part of the school year. And I want him to retain that through the summer.
The summer reading series will include bunches of tips and ideas to make it a summer full of reading. But more specifically, what you’ll be getting here is ideas for preparing to learn to read. You know, learning all those things before they actually learn to read, such as learning the alphabet, phonics, beginning sounds, and sight words. I’m choosing to go this route because this is where we are at in our stage of reading, and honestly I’m not a book expert or know a lot about the hows and whys of reading, so I don’t feel like I should be telling you guys what to do… I just know its good, and we should be doing it more.
Yes. WE should be doing it more too. Not just the kids. But us. ME.
And that’s where Quiet Reading comes into play.
This is something new to me and something that Jillian is challenging us to do. I don’t read nearly as much as I should. But, I just got a new book and I’m so excited to read it, and this is going to be my excuse to actually make some time for myself and read for 15-20 minutes every day.
I haven’t decided what time to do our quiet reading each day. But I want to schedule it into our day so it doesn’t get forgotten. I think it will be right before nap time to wind down. The boys and I will all sit in the living room together, or they can sit in their rooms if they’d like and ‘read’ or look at books.
What I’m hoping we’ll get out of quiet reading:
- to encourage Henry to practice sounding out words and practice sight words in context
- to have them create their own stories from what they see in the pictures [I'd love to recap with them afterwards about what they read about]
- quiet time, learning that there’s a time and place for it [this may be a little directed at George...]
- go to the library more to get new books!
Will you join me in quiet reading for the summer?
Just 15-20 minutes each and every day.
I’m looking forward to a summer full of reading!