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12.22.2016

5 Ways to Practice Reading At Home + A Bookroo Review

I received a Bookroo Box in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are 100 % my own. Thanks for supporting Always A New Day!

Confession: my son should be reading twenty minutes each night. Truth: by the time he's finished his homework and/or his toddler sister has crawled off said homework, Mom is OUT. But, here's the reality - he's getting older and reading is critical not just in school but in life. I want him to not only be a strong reader but to LOVE reading. Time to up my game at home.

And, I am a former English teacher. Granted,  I taught high school, but the skills I can practice with him are the same ones I used with my students. It's a new year, and it's time to be more intentional. My dad passed his love of reading on to me, and I hope to do the same with my kids using these 5 ways to practice and incorporate reading at home.


Utilize Daily Tasks

Words are everywhere! When shopping with your kids, have them read the grocery list to you or have them read signs as you drive. Or, better yet - make yourself a little mobile library. Gather your favorite books and keep them in your car. My son will even read girly books to his sister as we are out and about. It can be a lifesaver to this crazed mom!

Create A Routine

I am talking to myself on this one. By the time bedtime rolls around, I just want to put them to sleep and be quiet. We have been slacking on the books before bed, and I am missing a great opportunity. My son could grab a book or two and take his twenty minutes to read us all a story.

My kids were SO excited to get a package last week from Bookroo - a great company who wants to empower parents to build their children's book collections in an affordable and exciting way through monthly book deliveries These colorful books have been on repeat this week. And though the picture books we chose are geared towards the toddler years, big brother graciously offered to read and re-read this sweet book to his sister. If we can get this routine to keep on going (with all love and no bickering - #praying), both kids will benefit.


Let Them Choose

We love our local library, and my son can navigate his way around now that he knows where certain interests are. He is currently loving any non-fiction piece about the NFL. He may not be reading tough stuff, but he is reading and teaching me more about the game. He even gave me a quiz yesterday :)

Maybe your little one has a favorite book he/she loves to read over and over. That's still a great learning moment for them, but what about variety? That's the beauty of Bookroo - you're going to get new titles that will perk their imaginations more than ever. And if you do receive a book you already have, they will give you $5 off your next subscription. Win-win!


Talk About It

Before you even open the book, look at the title and predict the story. Use the artwork to summarize. Ask them questions about characters, setting, conflict, etc... These conversations will prepare them for school since they will focus on these topics throughout their school years. And when you talk about a book, you get to hear those little imaginations and brains getting stronger - what is better than that?

Listening to my son "teach" this book to his little sister was a really sweet moment. Her book love is growing, and when she has someone read to her, she's pretty smitten.

Be An Example

My dad was never without a book. He would end one only to pick up another right after. Before kids, I did that, too. I even would read books over and over again. Post-kids is a different story. I need to get back to reading and show my kids I still read, and I still learn. I hope my example will rub off on them just as my dad's did to me. With big brother being five years older than his sis, he's definitely an example for her.


How do you incorporate reading into your busy schedules? Bookroo would love to help give the gift of reading. Head over and begin your subscription. Your kids will love these sweet packages that arrive just for them.

And if you do find something that works for you, just use the code: KIMREED at checkout to receive $10 off your first subscription! Also, be sure to check out Bookroo on social media to see all the fun they offer.


My English teacher heart is in Heaven. Happy reading, friends!

24 comments :

  1. I'm a high school English teacher and I have a toddler. I love your suggestions and am going to the library today with my little one.

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    1. Awesome!! Have fun - it's one of our favorite things to do!

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  2. Love this! My kids love to read too!

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    1. Thanks!! So much fun to read with them!

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  3. Having a routine can save you when the crazy after school activities starts. We try to read every night, some times we do better than other. I love reading and enjoying books with my kids is so fun...just hard after a long day!

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    1. I completely agree! I am determine to make reading a big part of our routine. Thanks for reading!

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  4. My husband and I are both avid readers, we started taking the kids to the library young for story time. They always did all the reading programs. They received books all the time as gifts. They are great readers. This program sounds great keep reading.

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    1. How sweet! I need to start doing that more often so they become avid readers!

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  5. Your recommendations are so practical and on point. As a teacher of older kids, we really encourage kids to choose their own books that are interesting to them. It's so interesting to think about how to build these great habits with littles ones as early as a couple months old.

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    1. I agree! My son loves to find books on his own. We always did an independent reading assignment when I taught so the kids could find books that fit them!

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  6. Totally agree with this! My daughter's school started sending home a sheet that requires we color an object for each book we read and we're supposed to fill it by the end of the month, so it got us in the routine of reading at night to finish all of the coloring.

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    1. Yes! We have something similar. I need to be better about making it relaxing and not work!

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  7. Loved reading this! Thank you for sharing 😊

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  8. As a former educator, I could not agree more with your tips! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Great tips! We read two books a night but I always feel like we should be reading more. Maybe if I get them out in the living room he'll want to read more. Or maybe if I suggest it. At 3, he just constantly runs around like a little tornado lol

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    1. Lol - I have a tiny tornado too! It's hard to get her to sit down and read. I am thankful her older brother likes to read to her!

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  10. this is amazing.. thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you! My kids sure love the books!

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  12. this is a great idea! I am from a reading family, too. To this day, my dad is not without a book. I love that he still buys us paper books, and I hope my future kiddos will love reading as much as i do!

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    1. That is awesome!! I much prefer paper books too!

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