Reading is my favorite hobby. I love to read. Books are one of the love’s of my life. One of my goals when my children were born was to develop a love of reading in them. For year’s part of our night time routine was to read before bed. We still read before bed if possible.
Reading is a great past time. Reading to kids develops social skills, improves reading fluency and helps with vocabulary. Books that are interesting, hold adventure and can be retained in the memory are great for teens to toddlers. In our family is a wide range of ages. Some nights we read picture books, some nights we read chapters in a historical book, and some nights we will read classics such as Treasure Island. A wide variety is good to keep in mind for all ages of kids.
Who was? books rank in this area of interest. Some nights we pull out the Bible and read from the Old Testament. Stories of Abraham Lincoln, or a manners book by George Washington were requested daily.
Even though my older children are past some of the picture books they still love them. My youngest boy will ask his brother’s to read his favorite book I know a Shy Fellow who swallowed a cello. All of them like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and Green Eggs and Ham. I read chapter books and I still enjoy reading picture books to all of the kids. Stories are interesting like a scavenger hunt. Picking out main characters and discussing plots are fun activities to do after finishing a book.
Our family has been so much closer since we added read aloud time into our bed routine for the kids year’s ago. Piling on the couch to share in a book will no doubt be a memory they share as adults.
My reading time helps me to relax and de-stress before bed. Some of my favorite books to read are biographies such as Ben Franklin, or business productivity books. One I am reading right now is Done by Don Aslett. He talks about so many ways that we waste time on clutter and other useless ventures.
Setting aside time to nourish the mind and read a book adds so many benefits to our family, and is my self care habit.
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