Making Books Come Alive as Little Bodies Enter Sleep Mode

I have two kids at home.  One is a 6-year old Kindergartener and the other a 3-year old pre-schooler.  My favorite time of day is snuggling up with each and reading a bedtime story.  Sometimes I read to each separately, other times I read with one and my husband reads with the other, and still other times, we listen all together.  Do you still read bedtime stories?

Even if you have a reader at home, bedtime stories are a great way to spend some memorable time with your little/big ones.  Even big kids can benefit from being read aloud to.  Many great books are written at levels that are aboScreen Shot 2015-09-15 at 9.36.28 PMve a child’s reading level but contain material that are directed to the interest of younger read
ers.

For example, did you know that Charlotte’s Web is written at a level of a 4th grader but most interests kids in 2nd or 3rd grade?    Or perhaps the popular Dork Diary series that is written at a 6th-7th grade level but appeals to 3rd-4th graders?  There are so many, many more and my point is that you can read these books to your big readers.  It’s a great way to model what readers do and have nice chats about what’s happening in the story.  So grab a book, blanket, and loved one and enjoy your time together.

Mrs. Reynolds

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