GRADES 3 - 5
Make Literacy a Social Event
Kids at this age are establishing independence and are often more motivated by their peers than by their parents. It's particularly important to make reading a social event at this age. Here are some ideas on how to do so:
Join an online parent-child book group OR form your own book club (great advice in '20 Ideas for Starting a Book Club for Kids). For girls, I love A Mighty Girl and Girls Leadership). For all kids, I love Brightly. For boys, I love BCFB.
Add a cinematic twist! What better motivation to finish a book than watching its film adaptation? I love incorporating a cinematic element into my book clubs, as in “Let’s read the book, and then see the movie.” Make the film night a big deal - popcorn, etc. Here is a partial list of books that have a film adaptation and here's an article that I wrote about family book/film programs.
Use FaceTime (or Skype or Zoom or whatever!) to call family members to read aloud. My daughter and her cousins will spend hours reading to each other through Facetime (here's a video of it).
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