Did you know that March is National Reading Month? Well, it is – and, as a homeschooling mother, I find reading to be something worth celebrating! Instead of letting the month pass you by, taking literacy and reading for granted, set aside a little time to celebrate it with your family. If you’re not quite sure how to do that, maybe I can help!
- Bring books wherever you go. If you’ve got an errand to run, have everyone pack a book. Children can enjoy flipping through pages of their favorite fairytales or funny stories while riding in a car. Time spent waiting for appointments seems to pass faster while engrossed in a good read. There’s never an excuse for phrases like “I’m bored,” or “I don’t have anything to do,” when there’s always a book at hand. If you’re a homesteading family like we are, encourage books on family farming or animal husbandry.
- Turn off the T.V. & other electronics Give up your television and video games for the month of March. If the entire month just isn’t doable for your household, try giving it up for just a few days, or a few hours each day. Limiting the amount of electronic distraction can allow more time for reading.
- Start a book club. Kick off a reading celebration by starting a book club this month! It can be for the month of March or can continue indefinitely. Remember – a book club can be a group of friends or even a few family members regularly meeting together to read or discuss a book.
- Get a library card in your kid’s name. A celebration in reading and visiting the library may sound pretty obvious. While you’re there, get a library card in your child’s name. This will make the experience of borrowing a book more exciting and personal.
- Initiate a book swap. Organize a book swap with your local church, craft or other group. No group? Swap favorite books with a friend, or allow children to swap books. It’s a no-cost way to get new reading material, along with a chance to teach responsibility (don’t forget to return the books!).
- Make a special reading area. Dedicate a special reading area somewhere in the house for your kids. Instead of telling them to read, they’ll be begging you for time to read “just one more book!” Our boys really enjoyed a special reading area that we made them using an repurposed carseat & other would be trash materials.
- Give a report. If you’re a homeschooling family, or just want to supplement learning at home, try giving your kid a good, old-fashioned book report to complete. Book reports can easily be tailored based on the age and ability of your child. Even most young children that aren’t yet able to write can complete a book report by drawing pictures and telling about a story that was read to them by an adult.
- Act it out. Instead of just flipping through a story and reading the words, really read with your kids. Don’t be afraid to really get into the story; try choosing voices for each character or acting out the story.
- Enter a giveaway! Who doesn’t love a giveaway? Keep an eye on our current giveaways throughout the month of March. We’ll be giving away a bounty of books to a handful of lucky readers! And that includes all the titles shown in the photo above – just to name a few!
Need more ideas? Don’t miss our article on 6 Ways to Celebrate National Reading Month!
Did you know that March is National Reading Month? How do you plan to celebrate with your family?