5 ways to get back into reading
Being inspired by reading to a child
When it all changed
So if like me, you’ve let reading slack because of ‘life’, here are 5 ways to get back into reading
Diary of a bookworm
I came across this fun post from Jo Tracey and thought I’d join in. I absolutely love getting absorbed in a book, sometimes ‘lost’ in a book and I do my utmost to read a bit of my current book every day. I’ve recently rekindled this habit and I love it!
So here we go:
Do you have a specific place for reading?
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Do you eat or drink whilst reading?
Music or TV whilst reading?
One book at a time or several?
Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
Read out loud or silently?
Break the spine or keep it like new?
Do you write in books?
What books are you reading now?
What is your all-time favourite book?
Give up or read on if you don’t enjoy the book?
Would you lend your books?
Have you been writing, reading or even colouring recently? Do you remember that dictionary?! I’d love to hear! Please comment below or tweet me @AllSortsHere
Our little girl has a love of books and was really excited to browse the books at her school’s week of hosting the travelling book fair. She had been promised a new book from us and after a quick perusal of the shelves, made a bee-line for What the Ladybird Heard Next
by Julia Donaldson.
This surprised me a little because she tends to be much more into chapter books than picture books these days. She even got a new book storage cushion for Christmas!
It must be the very clever rhymes and therefore the rhythm of Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len’s misdemeanours!..
We’ve just recently moved house and joined the local library. With our little girl enjoying reading so much, we were keen to get registered as soon as possible.
The ‘switch over’ from our old library got me to looking at the history of our old library accounts. You might call them ‘the archives’.
just about barely (!) see in our little girl’s account that she has borrowed 289 books since she joined as a baby. And that’s not including the books she’s got a home, some of which she has read over and over and over again!
Thankfully, the world of books is still at her fingertips and she loves to go along with us and using the machine to take out and return books.
Do you visit your local library very often? What does your child like best about it? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below 🙂
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When our little girl unwrapped a cushion from her Grandma and Pop for Christmas, she was really excited… and so was I!
Having been to a Christmas Fayre, my lovely Mum saw these brilliant cushions that double up as a novel book storage idea!
When our little girl saw that her cousin had a similar cushion, she was even more excited.
When she unwrapped 5 new Rainbow Magic books, she slotted a couple into the little pockets on her new cushion.
What a neat idea!
The cushion now flits between her reading nook and her bed, as do the cats most days. I’m convinced that the cats enjoy a read when she’s not there! She’s even been known to take it in the car with her over the Christmas break!
Our little girl chose to spend some of her Christmas money on a Rainbow Magic bookmark, which arrived just after Christmas.
What I love is that our little girl is being so very patient (mostly) because she’s pre-ordered another Rainbow Magic book for delivery in March…
Whereas I… well I haven’t got a lovely book cushion but I have managed to explore our new (to us) library and brought a couple of books home 🙂
To be perfectly honest, I was really disappointed with ‘Shadows of the Workhouse’ by Jennifer Worth. Having devoured a couple of her other books, I had high hopes for this one but just couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters which seemed more like character studies than the interesting insight into history that I was expecting.
So I tried a different genre, recommended by Maddy at Writing Bubble. This one is by Liane Moriarty ‘Big Little Lies’ and I am enjoying it. It’s hard to put down and I’ll hopefully report back in a few weeks 🙂
I make no secret of my passionate belief that reading books to your children every day helps to develop their speech and language skills. Right from when Our Little Bear was only just home from hospital as a newborn, I would read her cloth books while she happily kicked and gurgled under her play gym and at feeding time, in fact any time really. Then she moved on to board books and took her abc’s and her 123’s in her stride.
Fast forward to 5 years later and there is no denying that all of this has stood her in very good stead with her literacy. While in her first year at school, she has learnt her phonics, learnt to read and write and just recently her teacher told us that she is doing ‘fantastic’ with her spelling. All of this reading to her and with her in the foundations of her early years can surely be no coincidence…
So, which books are recommended to develop your child’s speech and language skills? Kimberly’s blogpost at MommyEdition talks us through a comprehensive list of books to do just that.
From read-aloud, nursery rhyme and picture books like ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’ by Robert Louis Stevenson…
and books for the late talker like ‘The Einstein Syndrome’ by Thomas Sowell…
to books about animals and classic stories like ‘Sammy: The Classroom Guinea Pig’ by Alix Berenzy…
…and let’s not forget the role that letter blocks and flash cards play like ‘Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper: Fun with Words’…
Indeed, we used flashcards when our little bear first started her reading and it helped immensely. It also helped that we had picked up the flashcards through hubby’s work book club that happened to be the same series that our bear’s class was using – the Biff, Chip and Kipper series from Oxford Reading Tree. By turning it into a game, our bear had no idea that she was learning!
Of course, along with reading books to and with your child, talking to your child is a great stepping stone to great vocab, literacy and speech.
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So tell me, which books did you or do you enjoy reading with your child? Were/are any of them the same ones that you read as a child?
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Hello and welcome to an interactive giveaway! Yes, you can win 1 of 20 promo codes to use at Blue Planet Tales app store on ‘The Secret of the Pyramid’. How exciting is that?!
So, who are Blue Planet Tales? Well, they’ve created an educational app for tablets with stories based in history and real life events for 3-9 year olds. With 17 stories to choose from, including ‘The Secret of the Pyramid’, it may be difficult to choose just 1! But with the affordable prices, your choice is that much easier.
The range includes the following titles and as you can see, there is something there for children of all ages:
-The Extinction of the Dinosaurs
-The Boy Who Wanted to be a King (about the footballer Leo Messi’s life)
-The Secret of the Pyramid
-The Bird Migration
-Laika the Little Astronaut Dog
-The Race to the South Pole
-The Discovery of America
With ‘The Secret of the Pyramid’ I found that I learnt a thing or 2, along with Our Little Bear.
There are 3 options for the re-telling of the story: The ‘read it to me’ and ‘autoplay’ options moved at just the right pace for our bear, with the accompanying simple illustrations helping to bring the story to life.
The interactive questions peppered throughout the story were a little difficult for our bear at 5 years old and she needed prompting (and it tested my grey matter!) but she still engaged with the stories. The score-keeper on the home-page is a nice touch and is good for ‘keeping tabs’ on your progress.
Another good feature is the ‘category’ drop down menu on the homepage, enabling you to browse stories by genre.
I can see this interactive library being an app that we dip in and out of with our little bear on rainy days. It’s a great little tool to explore topics that we wouldn’t perhaps have considered without the app.
Now, onto how you can win 1 of 20 promo vouchers for The Secret of the Pyramid! Just enter by using the rafflecopter (below). The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and ends at 12am on 23rd June 2015. Good luck to you 😉
On one of our most recent visits to the library, I had a chat with the librarian who knows our faces very well. We go regularly, in between work, school and general life.
We used to go several times a week when I first returned to work after maternity leave. Back then, I had 3 clear days off and we had more time to ‘play’ with. As a result, our little bear absolutely loves our library and it’s been really lovely to see her go from the ‘book bus’ reading corner which contains board books, to chapter books like the Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows (which she’s reading in this post).
On this visit, the librarian asked if I wouldn’t mind completing a short survey because they were looking to reduce the manned hours there. Understandably, the librarian was very concerned, from her own personal (and financial) viewpoint but also for that of the community.
While Our Little Bear was at pre-school I remember one of their information posters which outlined the benefits of reading to and with children. I was very pleased that we were already doing the suggested activities (and more) for the suggested amount of time. We’ve been very fortunate that our little bear has a passion for books and has thrived in her reading at school. She recently went up to stage 4 in the Biff, Chip and Kipper Oxford Reading Tree series. (Proud Mummy-and-Daddy Moment!) And read the whole book from beginning to end with no help – no mean feat with 24 pages at 5 years old, in my opinion…
Her love of reading has shown in her writing and spelling, too. Just this week, she has got 40 out of 40 in a spelling test on high frequency words (also known as ‘tricky’ words). You can see why I argue that literacy in our children is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle – the reading’s connected to the spelling to the writing…
With that in mind, it’s a real shame that part of the library ‘experience’ is likely to be affected by taking away that ‘stamping’ of the library book due to more self-service…
Do you visit your library regularly? Have you seen the benefits of reading to your little ones?
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