Reading Is For All Seasons!

EDUCATION | | June 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Learn To ReadAnyone who knows me, knows I am a strong proponent of education and reading. I grew up on the adage it is ok not to to have food (and at times we did not) but education was not debatable. To many it sounds like just a phrase about the power of education but having personally seen the drastic impact education has in life I will never take it for granted. Along with education comes reading. I know I have spoken about Hooked On Phonics a lot in my blog but I can never say enough about this company and their promotion of literacy . Lucky to be on a call with them, and other smart bloggers (so smart that I sometimes wonder how did I ever get lucky enough to be invited too) about Tips for Summer Reading (you can read a snippet of it at the Hooked On Phonics Blog).

After everyone started talking one thing was apparent was that I was the laziest of the bunch. All these guys had the most amazing ideas and if you follow the Hooked On Phonics blog you will be sure to stay updated to most of them. Since necessity (added with a dose of laziness) is the mother of invention, I am one of those people who normally normally wings it when outdoors. Though in my defense, and being a mom to very early readers, I think I am doing pretty ok. That being said I do carry some activities in my bag.

Make sure you follow the Hooked On Phonics Blog for smart ideas to keep them reading all summer long, and beyond. For a link to our conversation (pretty savvy huh?)

Summer normally means being outdoors and bringing reading material sometimes is not very feasible.  In my book, reading is reading… anything, not just a book.

Here are a few suggestions from the Mommy Niri corner:

  • Play I-Spy games in the car. Besides keeping the dreaded “Are we there yet?” questions at bay, it also sharpens their mind. For much younger ones you can even play color car games “Who sees a yellow car?” type game.
  • Also for the road trip little signs are nice and short to get kids to read, things like STOP and more complex ones for the advanced kids. Since these signs are so common, the repetition helps to remember it, and many opportunities to show what they have learned.
  • I get my daughter to read instructions at amusement parks, just so she can stop insisting to go on a ride that obviously has an age restriction. Thankfully she can read so she understands those are the rules and gives up (most of the time) on throwing a fit to go on it. Of course if she continues I throw the person in charge of the ride a death-look daring him to allow her, so far no one has challenged it.
  • Shopping is a great time to have letter and number recognition. Having kids scuttle around finding their own age clothing feels great and empowering to kids. Of course now I am left with the dilemma of her finding her perfect outfit and declaring in a louder-than-I-like voice that it is in her size.
  • Bring the movies to the books. I know commercialism of movies interpreted into books does not compare with the classics, and many shy away from them as the quality is questionable. I handle reading the way I handle eating for my kids. My kids are allowed to have anything from ice cream, fries, broccoli, soda, peas, whole grain bread. Of course I don’t keep the crappy stuff at home but my kids won’t blink to take a bite of ice-cream and then peas. For reading,  I believe reading is reading and want my kids to be able to read a receipt if I have nothing else on me (on occasion they have). So if they like Dora, I get Dora phonics book, if they saw a good movie and there is (and there normally is) an early reader book, get it. Variety is the spice of life, so read on!

What are your ideas to inspire reading?


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