It’s hard to believe, but I am staring straight down the barrel of the first day of school. This year I’ll have a third grader and a (gulp) Kindergartner. I am the type of mom who loses it on each first day of school, so this year will be extra-awesome-ugly-cry spectacular when I send my baby off. But that’s another post for another day. Today let’s talk about how to get the kids back into a good groove when it comes to reading. It can be tough to accomplish after those long summer evenings playing outside till they drop, but it has to happen, right? So let’s make it interesting and give them a special spot, all their own, just for reading. You don’t need a lot of space – a corner of a bedroom or behind a chair in the family room will do nicely for your kiddo’s very own cozy reading nook. Here are some beautiful and fun ideas.
3. A blanket for when the weather turns cooler.
4. Ensure good lighting with a fun and functional lamp.
5. A small bookshelf can store their treasures.
6. Finally, don’t forget to include a favorite quote as wall art for inspiration. One of mine is from I Can Read With My Eyes Closed, by Dr. Seuss.
“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
Get the kids involved and ask them to pick the blanket, the quote, the not-too-hard-not-too-soft-just-right pillow. If you’re a control freak like I am, limit their choices to some strategically picked options of your own so that you don’t end up with zebra stripes mixed in with NFL teams topped off by a disco ball. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Have fun and happy reading.