You’re a busy family, driving to sports, spending time with friends and family, whatever. But your kids still can read even if they’re away from your comfy couch!
So how to you encourage children to read when you’re on the go – in the car, at brother’s basketball game, waiting for the doctor, . . . ? Here are some ideas you might try.
If you already have tried these, which are your favorites? Why?
Reading on the Go
1. Audio Books
(Books on CD are also great for quiet time, sick days and when mom or dad doesn’t have time to read aloud to you right this second.)
Also at the library and for sale, like the The Golden Compass, available at Playaways.com.
3. Street Signs
My beginning reader is so into speed limit signs. Which is totally cramping my style because her sister, who can see onto the dashboard, likes to announce my speed limit, do some mental math, and tell me how much I’m speeding. Grrrreat.
Bring a bag of favorite picture books or a chapter books with you everywhere. Don’t forget to bring a back-up chapter book for your child AND one for yourself, too.
5. eBooks (electronic books)
Parents worry that eBooks will decrease a child’s physical book reading. I think it’s a valid concern, especially with the multi-media books (talking pictures, sounds and so forth.)
From Ethic’s Newsline: “According to the Scholastic researchers, parents think digital devices negatively affect “the time kids spend reading books (41 percent), doing physical activity (40 percent), and engaging with family (33 percent).” Turns out they’re onto something. “As age increases,” says the report, “the time kids spend reading declines in direct opposition to the time kids spend going online for fun and using a cell phone to text or talk.”” The report goes on to say that most kids who have tried eBooks prefer a physical book over an eBook.
However, there is limited research showing a positive benefit for children with ADHD reading eBooks.
Barnes and Noble recently came out with a portable eReader for kids which is shown above. It’s specifically for kids because it includes picture books, other eReaders don’t usually except the iPad. (One reason for the late arrival of picture eBooks is concerns from authors and illustrators about page size reduction and cropping of illustrations.)
Also, don’t forget to get kid-friendly headphones with volume control!
Share a Story Day Three!
- Carisa Kluver from Digital Storytime (blog address: http://digital-storytime.com/wp/)
With iPad books that look more like toys and entertainment how likely are they to be used as tools for literacy and how does it affect the reader, children?
- Eric Van Raepenbusch from Happy Birthday Blog (blog address: http://www.happybirthdayauthor.com/)
Using video to extend the meaning of a book beyond its pages, teach basic skills, entertain, and provide primary sources of information. The post includes examples of all these ideas, plus ideas to produce your own video as a literacy activity. And that’s not all….there are links to the sources of video I have used to write my blog.
- Chris Singer from Book Dads (blog address: http://bookdads.com/)
Using the Nook Color with young, beginning readers.
- Pam van Hylckama Vlieg from Bookalicio.us (blog address: http://bookalicio.us/category/blog/)
Using technology to foster a love of reading in the home.
- Holly Slotkin from LitLad (blog address: http://litlad.blogspot.com/)
- Susan Stephenson from the Book Chook (blog address: http://www.thebookchook.com/)
Online Resources for Reading and Writing
- Jonathan Auxier from The Scoop (blog address: http://www.thescop.com/)
Hasta la Vista, Hardy Boys: No e-reader can compare to the beauty of a book on a shelf, ready to be re-opened at any time … but what about books you don’t want on your shelf forever?
- Paul W. Hankins from Mr. Hankins is Reading and Writing in Kentuckiana (blog adress: http://paulwhankins.edublogs.org/)
Digitizing the classroom. How digital media can be used in a classroom setting to enhance the literacy experience.
- Mary Ann Scheuer from Great Kid Books (blog address: http://greatkidbooks.blogspot.com/)
E-books for children, tweens and young adults
- Jennifer Vincent from Teach Mentor Texts (blog address: http://www.teachmentortexts.com/)
Using technology to encourage kids to read. Specifically by having a blog for students and offering books in different formats like on the Nook and as audiobooks.
- Miss Remmers from Miss Remmers’ Reviews (blog address: http://www.missremmersreview.com/)
Taking a classroom into the digital realm with limited funding. Stop by to see which teaching tools Miss Remmers uses on a daily basis.
PicPocket Books will provide 10 free book app downloads for readers today. The winners will be selected from the comments left here or any of the above posts as well as from the “link-up” for the day’s writing prompt.
Download my "Can't Put 'Em Down" book lists for your kids ages 3 - 13.
Also, I'll send you a bonus "23 Reasons to Read" printable poster!