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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Weekend Reading Adventures - Beyond Books!

Weekends are supposed to be a time for relaxing, family time, and spiritual renewal after a long (and sometimes hectic) week of work and school. Yet we are often required to use these two days of "rest" for running errands:  Grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning out the car,  house keeping, etc...The list could be packed with everything except relaxation.
So with all the things on our "to do" list, how on earth can we fit in our 15 minutes of reading with our children?  The key to reading is to realize it doesn't have to be a sit down activity.  Kids have to sit too much as it is when they are in school.  Here are a few ways to incorporate reading into some of the errands you might find yourself doing on a weekend.
 House Keeping
1. Have everyone read the first sentence they find on the cover of a magazine, newspaper, or book as they stack or re-shelve an item.  OR...see who can find the most "sight words" before putting the items away.
2. Sing a song as you complete an activity and spell some of the words as you go. You could even create a simple poster with the words to the song. The children can decorate the poster.
Example:  Tune of BINGO
  It's time for us to clean our room
then we can play outside Oh.....
C-L-E-A-N, C-L-E-A-N, C-L-E-A-N
It's time to clean our room now.
Let's make our beds and pick up toys
then we can play outside Oh...
Make our beds B-E-D-S
Pick up toys T-O-Y-S
Clean our room R-O-O-M
Then we can play outside Oh!
1.  Read the clothing labels, laundry soap instructions, and machine settings as you complete each step.  The children will hear what you are doing, begin to recognize sequencing, and observe you as you read and follow the directions and recommendations. may seem a little weird at first, but it's a great way to teach children about following directions to complete a project.
2.  We go to the laundry mat to do our wash.  Even if you don't usually take your laundry out, perhaps a trip to the laundry mat could provide creative opportunities for language development.  Children can read the machines, the dispensers for laundry aids, and snack machines.  They can learn to count the coins to activate the washers and dryers then read the amount of time each coin buys.  They can move around while the wash is getting done.
Grocery Shopping
1.  Let the children help you make the shopping list.  They can either watch as you write down the items or write it themselves if they know how.  Alternatively, you can also encourage younger children to "write" or draw the items any way they can.  
2.  Have fun reading labels at the grocery store.  Make up a  "treasure hunt" for words that your children can check off as they find them. 
1.  Help children locate the pages in their prayer or song books.  Encourage then to find sight words and look at pictures to determine which gospel will be read.
2.  Pick out items from the church bulletin that are relevant to your child's age.  For example:  An announcement for a special event. Read it together after mass. 

Car Rides
1. Read road signs and advertisements
2. Point out familiar landmarks
3. Play word search games or "I Spy" (I spy a word that begins with M. What sign has an M?)
 Play Time
You can create "movement" cards and write an action word on each one.  Set up the cards outside or in the house if there is room.  As your child moves from one card to another, he/she can read the card and act out the movement. 
Jump up and down
Clap your hands
Sing a song
Time to dance 
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Recommended Reading...
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"Baby's Books and Bubbles, Oh My"
Oh, Baby, the Places You'll Go!