5 New Year's Resolutions For Children Learning To Read
We’ve only a few days to go before the hellacious 2020 comes to an end. This year was marked by COVID-19, which disrupted the world and changed life as we knew it. But our concern has always been the disruptions in learning that have been aggravated because of the pandemic.
And that’s why, as we head into 2021, why not make New Year’s resolutions that focus on the learning needs of our kids?
In today’s blog, we list 5 New Year’s Resolutions for parents who have a child learning to read in 2021.
1. Monthly Library Visits
If you’re fortunate to have a public library in your neighborhood, resolve next year to make a monthly visit with your child.
Even with the advent of digital readers, there’s no substitute for the learning experience and community setting that a public library offers. It is also a great bonding experience for parents and children.
Of course, you have to keep safety precautions in mind. Many libraries are offering contactless services like curbside pickup, book drops, and printing services to maintain social distancing.
2. Read Your Child To Sleep
With months of remote schooling, children now need to shape up and maintain healthy nighttime routines. And what better way to achieve this than to read together with your child at bedtime? You don’t need to spend hours on this reading activity; 15-20 minutes of reading will suffice.
Take turns to read and have some fun doing different character voices! This will spark up your child’s imagination and also send them into a deep, dreamy sleep.
3. Connect Reading To Life
Reading doesn’t come naturally to all children. Some get bored, while others find words on a page abstract. That’s why, where possible, try to form connections between books and real-life as you teach your child to read. For instance, if your child is reading a book about dinosaurs, why not plan a trip to a museum of natural history?
4. Celebrate Milestones
When teaching a child to read, it is essential to set incentives and celebrate progress. If your child finishes a chapter or a book, give them some reward. Take them out for ice cream or give them a small gift. Most importantly, make a habit of showing that you’re proud of their progress in 2021.
5. Replace Screen Time With Book Time
Finally, kids are likely to have greater screen times as virtual learning becomes the norm. And that’s why you should encourage them to read something in their free time. Keep some books in your car or diaper bag, and pull them out when waiting in a grocery store or at a hospital.
These are some practical and useful New Year’s resolution to help make your kids better readers in the coming year. You can also reach out to Mrs. Myer’s Reading Room, where we help kids in Chicago learn to read in a safe and fun environment. Click here to sign up for a free trial.