Reading at Home Doesn’t Have to be a Nightmare

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family reading at homeYou open your child’s backpack and inside they have reading homework…dun, dun, dun! You just had parent/teacher conferences and your child’s teacher said they should be reading more at home. You get it, but how can you help them read without stopping your mile-long list of trying to get dinner on the table, the little one bathed, and stopping the other two from arguing? Snuggling up with your little one and a good book would be so much fun, but it just can’t happen tonight.

Snuggling up and reading is always the best way to read, but hey, I get it. I am a mom and a teacher, but a little truth, I don’t always read to my kids snuggled up every night, but we still get it done.

Okay, let’s stop, collaborate, and BREATHE. Here are a few tips to get your dreaded nightmare to become a dream.

  1. Before even opening the book, have your child tell you what does this book make you think about. (Teacher secret – they start reading when they pick up the book.)
  2. Have them sit at the counter or dinner table and read out loud to you while you’re making dinner. When you hear a coherent sentence or are able to catch on to a bit of the story, ask them:
        • Why do you think the character did that?
        • Why do you think the author chose that setting?
        • What are you seeing in your head as you read that page? Can you connect it to … a memory, experience, etc.?
  3. If you can spare a few minutes, you read a page, and then your child reads one back. (totally a negotiating tool – you read one, I’ll read one)
  4. If you have a book you want to read (yes, get some time for yourself in there), set up a family reading time.

Reading out loud never goes out of style, regardless of the age of your kids. Even I still like to be read aloud to and I’m…well, not going to share my age, but definitely more mature. 😊 Reading at home is much easier when you have great books to read!  Here’s a great list of books to add to your library!

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Sacia is mom to two amazing children, one girl and one boy. She is married to her best friend, Ted. They have been married for 16 years this year, but have known each other for a few more. After living in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for 18 years, Sacia and her family moved to the Fox Cities area. Both she and her husband are from WI, but both attended the University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities. It was the best decision they have ever made. Sacia's family considers themselves to be a little nerdy. They all love anything Marvel or Harry Potter and of course, who can forget Pokémon and Disney. Even though they have only lived here a short time, they absolutely love the area and are so excited that the Packers are just a hop, skip and a jump from their house. Even though Sacia may have lived in Minnesota for 18 years, she claims her blood has always been Green and Gold!