Monday, July 8, 2013

When is the best time to read to your children?

The simple answer. Whenever you can. Every family situation is different. For us, right before bedtime always worked best. It was a great time to help settle the kids down before putting them to bed. It also made bedtime more enjoyable for us and the kids. Often I had chief bedtime reading responsibilities. Sometimes my wife did. Frequently we shared the responsibility with a divide and conquer approach to bedtime reading.

Reading at bedtime doesn’t work for everyone. Maybe the best time for some parents to read to their children is right before or right after an afternoon nap. Maybe it’s after your child comes home from school. Perhaps, the best time to read to your child comes while you’re sharing an afternoon snack. Maybe it’s during trips to the library.

The important thing is to read to your children – everyday if possible. Reading often to your children is crucial to the development of their own ability to read. Start young and read often. Find the time and location that works best for you and your children, and then try to make it a habit.

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  1. When I was growing up, it seemed like the best time for my mom to read to us was early enough before bedtime that, when she stopped in the middle of the most exciting spot, there was enough time for us to keep reading until we got to a real stopping place.

  2. Fern, your mom was smart. I like that idea!

  3. Thanks for the post! I just shared with my followers on facebook - for Sight and Sound Reading:


  4. Meeghan, thanks for the share!