Spending time reading with your children is a wonderful antidote to stressful holidays. Turn off the phone, the television, and the computer, cuddle up, and relax.
Here are a few fun literacy activities to make reading a part of your holiday traditions.
· Great holiday reading doesn’t have to cost. Visit the library and pick out your holiday favorites for family reading all season long.
· When it’s time for holiday baking, ask your child to help you look through cookbooks for the best recipe, then read the directions aloud to you. Let them help you measure. While the cookies are in the oven, read holiday poems, cards, and of course those very loved books.
· Help your child make his or her own holiday gifts for family and friends by following the directions in a how-to-book.
· Let your child create bookmarks to enclose in a gift book they helped you pick out.
· Have your child be your personal shopping helper. Have him or her write out the list, and then read the items aloud as you peruse the aisles together.
· Ask your child to be your wrapping helper. They can write out gift name tags…Use extra large gift tags for tiny hands, or even better, make their own.
· Encourage your child to read to their grandparents, volunteer to read to residents in a local retirement home, hospital, a younger sibling, or neighbor. Their time is a beautiful gift.
· Think about a companion book as a gift. There are many stuffed animals and matching books. Books on juggling and colored balls. A book on collecting coins and a handful of pennies makes a treasured gift. A box of yarn and a crocheting book…the list is endless
· A bookstore gift certificate as a holiday present so your child can select a new book to share with you.
Let your children help you create your family holidays by being your reading helper. Children want to help and be active participants in your life. They want to make a contribution to the holiday; they want to be a part. To read words, hear them, say them, see them and connect them to everyday life is important in their literacy development. Simply talking-in the library, while baking, making gifts, shopping, wrapping, and reading, guarantees a richer vocabulary for your child.
Take a small moment with your much loved children, books and a cozy blanket. Cuddle, listen, breath deeply, and relax.