Parents, Teachers

Top 25 Christmas Reading Tips!

Christmas provides a perfect opportunity for children to develop their enthusiasm for reading. Our top tips can help families keep on track with reading over the holidays, spread the festive cheer and spend some quality time together with some fantastic stories!

1) One of the most important things you can do as a parent is let your child see you reading!

Not only will they begin to imitate your behaviour, but it can also help create a strong reading for pleasure culture in your home!

2) Get your child their own Library card!

The library provides a wonderful environment in which children can expand their minds and vocabulary for free – borrowing books can also help teach children an important sense of responsibility!

3) Engage your child with many activities involving reading throughout the holidays!

Reading recipes and cooking not only makes reading fun, but also provides a great way of spending quality time together.

4) Create a visual chart to record your child’s reading achievements throughout the holidays!

This is a great was to motivate your child and give them a sense of accomplishment.

5) Make reading a regular part of your child’s bedtime routine!

Even if time cannot be found for reading together every evening through the festive period, there’s still plenty of opportunities to engage with programmes, such as CBeebies Bedtime Stories, every night at 6:50pm.This is an activity which can continue long after children have returned to school!

6) Encourage your children to read together!

Not only will older children gain an opportunity to practice reading with fluency and expression, but they will become important role models encouraging their younger siblings to also enjoy simple stories.

7) Create separate times for reading silently and reading out loud!

It is so important for children to practice decoding words in their head, as well as reading with expression and fluency.

8) Don’t forget audio books!

They can help make literature much more accessible, and not only for struggling readers. Children develop important listening skills and are able to engage with material and vocabulary above their reading level.

9) Play word games with your child!

Tongue twisters are not just fun, they help children develop the phonemic skills they need to become fluent readers.

10) Help your child choose books which extend their natural fields of interest!

Your local library is a great place to start when it comes to selecting books at the appropriate reading level, and your child’s teachers will also be happy to help guide your choices.

11) Talk to children about important themes and characters!

This not only encourages them to practice comprehension skills, but also ensures reading engagement continues long after the last page of a story.

12) Create a story area!

Christmas lights and cosy blankets can help construct a special space where you and your child can escape into the world of books.

13) Help your child read and write their own cards!

Christmas provides the perfect opportunity for children to practice their literacy skills whilst reading and writing cards for their friends and family.

14) Give the gift of a book!

There is no better present for your children to open on Christmas Day than a book. As gifts, their impact can last a lifetime!

15) Allow your child to read the same books again and again!

Children like repetition and re-reading the same books they enjoy gives them an opportunity to practice reading out loud with fluency and expression.

16) Choose some of the best books from 2019 for your child to read!

As year is drawing to a close let your child read some of the best books, as selected by the Guardian – Here

17) Encourage children to read the books as well as watching the films this Christmas!

Although there’s no better way to spend the holidays than watching film after film with the family. Letting children read the books before or after watching encourages them to engage by making comparisons, or deciding which they prefer.

18) Allow children to explore all genres of literature!

They usually love the facts and information within non-fiction books, which can be just as powerful for developing their reading.

19) Help your child read their Christmas jokes over table!

Sharing Christmas cracker jokes over dinner provides a perfect opportunity to let children practice their skills of reading aloud

20) Let your child create their own stories!

Creating stories not only encourages children to use their imagination, but also develop an understanding of grammatical structures and language which can greatly improve their reading.

21) Encourage your child to engage with poetry!

Listening to poems gives children the opportunity to learn to connect words and decipher meaning. Reading poems also builds fluency, as children begin to hear the rhythms and rhymes behind the words.

22) Write your own short stories for your child with characters they will recognise!

These don’t have to be long, but reading about the adventures of their parents and friends can help engage even the most reluctant reader.

23) Create sock puppets for stories!

These can help bring nay story to life and can even be character themes if you’re feeling extra creative.

24) Encourage your child to read to their pets!

Animals make the perfect listeners, and children often feel much more comfortable reading out loud in their company…

25) Get your child to create simple reviews for the books they read!

These can help them engage with themes and characters, as well as encourage them to question the material they read.

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!

The Lexplore Team 🙂

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