As we head into winter, the cooler temperatures and extra precipitation lead to more time indoors and, as parents, it can be a struggle to find ways to engage our children in something that doesn’t have a screen. Reading is a great activity for your child any time of year but especially in the fall and it will help with their academics.
Successful At-Home Reading Routine
Some things to consider that may establish a successful reading routine in your home:
- Make sure the environment is quiet and comfortable (no music, TV, or distracting conversations).
- Consider offering your child a blanket or warm cup of cocoa or teaSet a timer for the reading (at least 20 minutes).
- Try to have reading time at the same time every day.
- Ask your child questions about what they read when the time is over.
- Chart your child’s reading in a visible way at home (Many children love stickers!).
- Make sure your child has a variety of materials to read (Reach out to the Park Orchard, Kent, or King County library if you need more books).
With that said, I want to take a moment to extend to you a volunteer opportunity. We invite you to attend your child’s lunch and/or recess as a volunteer monitor.
While we provide adequate supervision during these times, we sometimes have 130 students on the playground or in the lunchroom at once, so it never hurts to have some extra hands on deck.
Hoping to see you on the playground, in the lunchroom, or in the classroom soon!