Establish a Daily Routine for Joint Book Reading
The summer is winding down and families are getting ready to go back to school. While it is wonderful to have a little more freedom during the summer months, returning to established routines is one of the joys of the start of the school year.
If joint book reading hasn’t been part of your daily routine with your children, this fall is a great time to establish that routine. Reading books together is a terrific way of connecting with your children and a proven way to establish a foundation of literacy.
Here are some tips for having a successful joint book reading experience:
- Set a time everyday for book reading. This may be for a few minutes before bed each night, or before naptime.
- Remove distractions. Turn off the TV, put your cell phone in the other room, put away the iPad.
- Limit the number of books. Depending on the age of your child and his or her attention level, between one and four books work well.
- Choose books that are age appropriate. Board books for toddlers, picture books for young children, and chapter books for older children.
- Ask questions and make comments about the story. Take time to about the pictures. Relate the experiences of the characters to experience your child has had. It is helpful for children when there is discussion about the story that you are reading.
- Don’t feel that you have to read every word. If the language level is above that of your child, sometimes it is OK to paraphrase the actions of the story.
- Join in read with independent readers. If your children are old enough to read independently, there is still great value to engage in joint book reading. Take turns reading pages and engage in conversation about the story.
Jennifer M. Adams, MA, CCC-SLP