R.E.A.D. Great Books!
Can you relate to this?
Your child is sitting on the couch, with a tablet in his hand. You’ve been scrambling around the house, trying to make a dent in your never-ending to-do list. But you notice that his eyes are starting to glaze over. He’s zoning out. And he’s been there for over an hour, maybe even longer. Worse, you know that it’s going to be a battle when you tell him it’s time to close the tablet. What can you do?
This is a common challenge for today’s parents. The accessibility of electronic devices makes it all but impossible to avoid them throughout the day. But many parents like you wonder, “At what cost?”
Recognizing the cost is why we adopted the solution, “R.E.A.D. Great Books,” or Reduce Electronics And Discover Great Books.
Let’s take a look at what the cost truly is:
Tips to R.E.A.D. Great Books!
We believe, and research supports, that reading aloud to children not only has incredible benefits to their cognitive and emotional growth, but it also creates a pathway to electronics IN-dependence! That’s why it’s so important to “R.E.A.D. Great Books!”
When you Reduce Electronics And Discover Great Books with your children, you’ll not only strengthen your relationship, but you’ll also inspire a love for books in them. They’ll be more likely to find enjoyment in books on their own, and less likely to grow dependent on screens. Over the years, we’ve developed a 4-part strategy to reducing electronics and opening books!
You are the parent, and you’re in charge of when and where screens can be used. Implement a family rule that screens can be used only during certain times of day or only on certain days of the week. Ideally, we recommend staying screen-free Monday-Thursday, except as school requires. If that’s impossible, limit screen usage to no more than 1 hour per day. Finally, keep electronics out of bedrooms.
Read aloud to your children every day, from birth. This will build their appreciation for the experience. Continue reading aloud daily as your children grow. Allow them to choose the books that interest them, and take them to the library. This will establish a direct connection between books and pleasure. Read books and magazines yourself, so children see your example of time well spent.
On the whole, families’ time for conversation and connection has been significantly limited by screens. Reverse this damage by intentionally creating more family interaction time. If you don’t already, hold family dinners around the table – no phones or TV allowed! Talk about your days, the books you’re reading, and more. Build in screen-free family activities, such as a trip to the library or park. Extend your read aloud experience by doing a fun activity that’s based on a book. Try cooking a recipe, creating a craft, or visiting a place that’s presented in a story. When you start connecting as a family, you’ll simultaneously reduce your dependence on screens and open time for reading and connecting.
Are you ready to power off your device and power up your reading routines? We thought so! Try these especially entertaining books to get started!
The age and grade levels indicated below are only suggestions. Choose what works best for you and your children!