I’ve always been a book lover. My mom helped instill a great love of reading in me very early on in my life and I’ve made it my mission to do the same with my own kiddos. I’ve read to them every night since day one and I firmly believe that’s why they showed an interest in reading at such a young age. Bedtime just isn’t bedtime in our house without at least one story.
Now that my son is learning to read on his own, I want to make sure I give him all the tools I possibly can to help the process along. I know how hard it can be on kids when they struggle with a subject. And on that note, I decided to do some more research. I actually used to tutor kids in reading when I was in college, but it’s been…ahem… a while. Any old dog could use some new tricks right? Haha! Luckily for me, my friend, and education blogger, Amy Mascott from Teach Mama, recently released a book with her fellow education blogger, Allison McDonald of No Time for Flash Cards, called Raising a Rockstar Reader!
We had already made activities like having our little guy read to us and retell the story that we’ve read a part of our routine, but I knew there was so much more we could be doing to help him become the best reader he could be. One of their tips that really resonated with me was focus on storytelling…They suggested encouraging impromptu storytelling to help kids hone in on their creativity. My mom used to tell us a story every night after she read to us. I can’t believe that I had forgotten that!
I also love the idea of creating a word jar. By filling it with high frequency kind of words that your child needs to know and having them pick one to chat about, you can help expand their vocabulary and they’ll have more time to focus on learning and sounding out tougher words. Amy and Alison suggested during this at dinnertime.
And I can’t forget the writing center…Taking the time to think through what they’re writing isn’t always a kid’s favorite thing to do, at least not my kids, so setting up a center that’s all their own with tools that will make writing seem more like a fun game than a dreaded chore is such a great idea. I plan on creating our writing center as soon as possible!
These are just a few of my favorite takeaways from the book, but there are so many more! If you have a beginning reader in the house, you’re going to want to read Raising a Rockstar Reader! And even if you have little ones that aren’t quite at reading age yet, it’s worth it to pick up this book now. Amy and Allison also included tips for reading to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers!
Now wouldn’t you like to win your own copy of Raising a Rockstar Reader? Well, it’s your lucky day! We’re giving one away along with a $25 Starbucks gift card to help fuel those study sessions. Haha!
Disclosure: We were not paid for this post. We received a sample for review.