While everyone else is hitting up the gym, we’re over here busy exercising our brains and coming up with our annual book-related resolutions. There’s so much media competing for our time that we think having a few bookish goals can help us (and our children) be better versions of ourselves.
So, here are four book resolutions we have for 2020:
1. Set aside 20 minutes every day to read aloud with your child.
These days everyone is busy. Between school, work, etc., life can get in the way! We’re going to do our best to set aside 20 minutes to read aloud with our child(ren) every day. Whether it’s first thing in the morning or just before bed, there’s no wrong time to pick up a book.
If your children are younger, have them choose a couple of picture books and be sure to talk about each one as you read. If they’re on the older side, you can have them read aloud to you, and you can encourage them along the way. Among other things, a daily habit of reading can prepare them for school, improve their literacy skills, and teach empathy.
2. Let them see you reading books.
Facebook can wait. This year we’re going to put down our phones and pick up more books ourselves. Children who see their parents reading and writing are more likely to become readers and writers themselves. Who knows? Maybe it will buy us an extra year or so before they start asking for a device of their own. One can hope …
3. Keep track of what you read.
Social sites like Goodreads or Litsy allow you to keep track of the books you read. You can even set up “bookshelves” of books that you read with your child. If you’re feeling competitive, you can set up a challenge for yourself and see how many books you can read in a year.
There’s also always the good old-fashioned pen and paper. Writing down what you’ve read with your child can be good penmanship and spelling practice for them, as well as a good excuse to talk about the stories you’ve read again.
4. Memorize a poem or song with your child.
There are so many benefits to memorizing things — from nursery rhymes to epic poems. Start small and practice saying a nursery rhyme or singing a short song with your child every day for a week. Then see if they can recite it on their own. There are a ton of great poems out there that will make both children and parents giggle — from Mother Goose to Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky. For a fun hat trick, you can ask them to recite what they’ve memorized at your next family party.
Happy New Year! What bookish resolutions would you add to the list? Tell us below!