How to make reading a part of your family holidays

Today, in the Waterloo Region Record’s advertisement flyer (my local paper), I came across this list from award-winning Canadian author Andrea Lynn Beck on how to add the joy of reading to your family holidays. I thought that it was not only a great way to get your kids reading, but a wonderful way to connect as a family over the season.

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I apologize for the quality of the photo, here is the list:

1. When preparing holiday meals, encourage kids to take part in the activity by reading the recipe out loud or reading a story about the meal.

2. Give kids the opportunity to read about seasonal traditions or encourage them to create their own story about their favourite ritual.

3. Ask family and friends to pair any toys they are giving with a book on the same theme. This will help bring the toy to life for little ones.

4. Host a book swap where parents and kids exchange their favourite holiday-themed books.

5. Host a book reading with family and friends and give kids the opportunity to read a book or part of a story themselves.

6. Turn any festive story into a play and have the whole family participate, whether at home or as part of a holiday get-together.

7. This season is filled with festive images and symbols. For younger kids, create a holiday-themed scavenger hunt where they match what they see with images from picture books.

8. Many famous seasonal stories have been brought to the big screen. Before watching a movie, read the book together as a family and see who can spot the differences.

Do you have a special tradition with your family over the holidays? Would you use any of the suggestions above? Feel free to share below, and check out Andrea’s books on Amazon!

Text © Written In Geek/Tina McFarlane (2017) All rights reserved
Pictures © Written In Geek/Tina McFarlane, used with subject’s permission or under public domain (2017). Images from the Waterloo Region Record Special Advertising Feature: Holiday and Gift Guides, for Thursday, November 23, 2017.

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