Because I love to, I'm linking up with 'Things I know' over at Yay For Home.
At the moment I have books and reading on my mind.
I know the importance of teaching your children to read.
I know that I am not invested as much as I'd like to be.
My kids attend a reading program, based on phonic reading. It is here each week they learn a new sound that helps them to learn and associated letters with words.
I know that they love it. I know that I need to spend more time with them in between classes each week, revisiting what they are learning.
I know I will always have a list as long as my arm of other things that need doing, but this is important and I need to just stop.
We used to visit the library once a week and borrow books, I used to shuffle through the rows of books in search of short stories, not too many words, stories I know we'd read.
But we haven't done that this year.
In all honesty we have that many books at home, there would a handful we've not even read.
I know that my kids tend to go for the same books over and over again, and they need encouragement to try something new.
I am going to try and select a small handful of books from the bookshelf, perhaps even with a theme, to encourage my children to look beyond their favourites.
And when time permits look beyond just reading the book but embracing the theme with other activities.
I know that there is more to reading books, than education.
I know dedicating time each day to sitting and reading a book with the kids, is good quality family time, quiet time.
An opportunity for a snuggle.
An opportunity to communicate with one another in a tone that is not bossy, frustrated, demanding, but warm, caring and considerate.
I know we've gotten a little slack with our reading over the last few months. But I am determined to get back on track. Bed time WILL start half an hour earlier than usual, thus ensuring this quality time doesn't walk out the door.
Do you do anything special when it comes to reading to your kids? Do you have a routine that you incorporate into your day?
I'd love to hear about it if you do.