The holiday season is typically a whirlwind of excitement for kids. As students are home from school, it is easy to get lost in the preparation and festivities, and forget to keep them on a reading schedule. Encouraging reading throughout the holiday season is easier than you think. Reading and writing opportunities are everywhere and can be FUN!
Here are some ideas from Stacy Davis, the senior coordinator of Library Media Services for Polk County Public Schools.
- Make a holiday wish list, or write a letter to Santa.
- Make holiday cards for friends, or place cards for a family meal.
- Write the “to” and “from” tags for gifts.
- Write a list of things they are thankful for.
- Write a holiday skit to perform for family and friends.
- Make reading a holiday tradition. Find a special book for Christmas or Hanukkah and have family members read the story each year.
- Read ingredients from holiday recipes while you bake together. This is also a great way to learn measurements and temperatures.
- Have your child research (online or newspaper) local light displays or holiday events.
- Make a holiday craft. Have your child read the directions as you make the craft together.
- Find the lyrics to favorite Christmas songs or a holiday songbook. Have your child read and sing the words, then sing for family members or go caroling.
- Make reading a gift. Give your child an age-appropriate book for Christmas, or a book on a subject they love.
- Visit your local public library.
- Look for Little Free Libraries in the community.
Take time this season to make learning FUN! Best wishes for a joyous holiday season!