5 Family Reading Goals Teachers Recommend
Want to get the whole family reading more? Creating book goals turns reading into a fun activity that your kids will look forward to in their free time. Here are five tangible reading resolutions teachers hope you make with your kids.
Tangible Reading Resolutions Teachers
Add just one more book per night.
Reading one extra book to your young child each day can have a huge impact on their language development. That’s because just one daily book can expose them to an extra 78,000 words every year, according to a recent study. It’s okay if books are repeated!
And of course, if you don’t have a reading routine with your child in place already, an easy goal like reading one book per day together is a great place to start, says Franki Sibberson, a fifth grade teacher in Dublin, Ohio.
Have at least one conversation about books every day.
Be intentional about book talk, says Sibberson. For instance, during a car ride or after school, ask questions you don’t know the answers to, such as, “What did you read today that you loved?” Talking about books gets kids more eager read, and makes it a natural part of their everyday life.
You can also stoke excitement by talking about how you’re looking forward to certain new releases, and getting your child’s take on which ones they’re looking forward to the most.
Dive into poetry together.
“When we think of reading, we often forget the beauty that poetry can offer,” says Justine Bruyère, PhD, a former elementary school teacher and lecturer of reading education at Vanderbilt University. Poems can expand your child’s vocabulary and are easy to memorize because of their often rhyming, lyrical structure.
Sit down with a book of poems like The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury and let your child choose what appeals to them.
Host one book party or attend an author event.
Invite four to five of your child’s friends over, set up books in the living room, and have the kids read and trade titles, says Sibberson. Showing how fun it can be to share books with friends will instill a love of reading in your child.
Also look out for when your child’s favorite authors come to your area, and make it a goal to go to one reading this year. “This builds a personal connection with an author that makes your child feel like an insider,” says Sibberson. “It’s also great for your kids to be in a room with other readers and feel the energy and excitement around a book and author.”
Ask more questions after story time.
This year, don’t just close a book when you’re done reading it. “The text is a springboard for everything else,” says Bruyère.
Read the same book together a few nights in a row, then ask your child: “What do you think this story would sound like from this other character’s point of view?” or “Close your eyes and imagine you were there. What would you do?”