This post is part of my 12 Mini Goals Challenge.
Small daily habits can make a big difference over the course of a few weeks, months, or even longer. In 2016, I am going to focus on a new habit or mini goal every month. In January, I focused on Daily Movement or Exercise. In February, I focused on cutting down on evening snacking. In March, my goal was 30 days of pilates. In April, my goal was to clear my kitchen counters every night. In May, I attempted to clear out my closet 3 items at a time. In June, my goal was to reset my mornings and wake up earlier. In July, my goal was to drink more water.
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. — Emilie Buchwald
I know the importance of reading to children and reading has been key to my girls’ lives. We spend so much time with books. They love having books read to them and also enjoy looking through and “reading” books themselves.
I am realizing that during the summer months we occasionally have days where reading is not a priority. It’s hard to have a regular nighttime reading routine when we spend the after-dinner hours outside. Their evenings are spent running around outside and we often skip bedtime reading. I know that bedtime stories are a great way to wind down and have quality time together, but we don’t often do this during the summer.
There are other days that my girls are playing so well with each other that they don’t ask for books and I don’t think of it. I want to make sure that we make books a priority every day!
My August Mini Goal: Read daily to my children and track how much time we read each day.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has great information on the benefits of promoting early literacy and learning for your children. The Books Build Connections Toolkit has publications for various ages. The toolkits have information and tips to encourage families to read with their children. Go here to print or download the toolkits based on your children’s age.
Here is an example: Sharing Books with Your 2-Year-Old
Your August Mini Goal: Read to your children daily and track the time.
(If you do not have children: set a goal for your own reading time)
Check out the appropriate Books Build Connections Toolkit (as mentioned above) for your children if you want encouragement and tips. If you need to be reminded of the benefits of reading to your children, check out the following links:
- 10 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids
- 5 Great Reasons to Read to Your Kids
- 7 Reasons Why You Must Read Aloud to Your Kids at All Ages
Even if your children are older, find a book to read to them!
If you want to join me, print off the August Challenge Tracker. Track the number of minutes or number of books read. I also track multiple goals on my calendars, and the calendar leaves room for additional notes each day. It’s nice to have them written down all in one place.
Let me know if you decide to join! What are your children’s favorite books?
I would love to have you join the 12 Mini Goals Challenge. Sign up for my mailing list if you want to be e-mailed the challenge each month. If we get to a month where the goal doesn’t fit into your life, you can always tweak it to be a mini goal that works for you.
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