Parents, Teachers

Holiday Reading Tips!

The Christmas holidays are fast approaching and it’s a wonderful opportunity to spend some time reading. Not only will this be a perfect way for your children to keep reading over the holidays and ensure that they keep up with the great progress they will be making at school, but it will also mean that you can spend some quality time together enjoying a good book.

Here are some of our top reading tips for the holidays:

  1. Cosy up with a good book.

This is the chance for you and your child get into your favourite winter pyjamas, snuggle up in front of the fire (or maybe under a duvet) and get yourselves a hot chocolate before reading a book together. Not only will this promote great attachments and be a great relationship builder, but it might also spark an interest in a new genre or author. You could read books alongside each other individually, or don’t worry if your child can’t read – you could read to them, try a chapter every day if trying to master a longer book. Try doing it as a whole family, switching off any technology and doing half an hour a day for a fully immersive experience.

  1. Bedtime stories

Read a bedtime story to your child each night, spending some time connecting and winding down before bed. Even better, make it Christmas themed. I remember reading ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ every night in the run up to the holidays and it’s still one of my favourite memories; this year I’ll be reading it to my own little boy for the very first time and I can’t wait.

  1. Start a Christmas Eve tradition

On Christmas Eve, Icelandic people exchange a book as gift between all family members. They then spend the night together each reading their own, new books, all warm and cosy in front of the fire.

  1. Give the gift of a book

A great tradition starting to break through for gift giving at Christmas is using the following premise: Something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read. A great opportunity to get a new book each year!

  1. Stock up on books at the local library.

Help your child pick out books they’re interested in reading over the winter break. Libraries also often have fun, free activities throughout the break that you can join in with.

  1. Make the most of travel time.

Turn travel time to or from a holiday get-together into an opportunity to practice reading. You can look for registration plates, try to find the alphabet on the them, or even count the number of red (or white or blue etc) cars you see. You could even read street signs and giant posters along the way.

  1. Subscribe to a new magazine

Lots of new magazines start at the beginning of January. Try finding a new, interesting magazine to subscribe to – that will keep you child reading all year long, every time a new issue arrives in the post!

  1. Read the book, then watch the film!

Christmas is a great time to watch lots of our favourite films. Why not read the book first and then watch the film before everyone votes for whether they preferred the book or the film? You could make it festive themed to keep in the Christmas spirit.

We hope some of our tips provide ideas which help you easily incorporate reading into your festive celebrations. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – enjoy all the warm fires, cosy pyjamas and hot chocolate!

The Lexplore Analytics Team 🙂

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