Here are some ways to encourage reading at home while maintaining your busy schedule.
1. Drive and sign
- While driving have children point out the letters in road signs. "Y-E-I-L-D is for yield" "S-T-O-P is for stop" . For older children ask what each sign means and add street names or stores into the reading mix. For pre-readers have them identify colors.
- With meals requiring the reading of ingredients have the child read it to you. For older kids have them do the measurements as well, a great way to mix math and reading. Pinterest has a lot of recipes that uses photos as step by step instructions, great for early readers. Have your early reader identify the beginning letter of each ingredient in the photo. "I see bread, an egg and butter, what letter does bread start with" and continue with each ingredient.
Here she is telling me the numbers the oven has to be (tempeature) and spelling out the letters in paprika.
- It is recommended to read daily to your child but realistically that may not happen. Some nights I come home with just enough time to bathe and put my child to bed. Nights when reading bedtimes is impossible, I shift the reading to my child. I give her three books to read, as a pre-reader her stories do not match the words but it kills two birds with one stone, reading is done for the day and I can finish any housekeeping for the night. A busy schedule does not mean learning ends.