Literacy Pro-Tips for Parents & Families

December Pro-Tip: Set Up Some Holiday Storage for Your Child

Your child has started a great home library from Book Trust by now. Prepare for more to come and for any holiday gifts by teaming up to create a special place to store them. Whether it’s a special place of respect on a shelf, or simply a portion of the floor by the bed decorated with a favorite coloring page, knowing that this special space is just for your child’s books creates a sense of ownership and pride. Help them value reading by making it special and “theirs alone.” They might be motivated to share in the spirit of the season, and thankful to grow this collection, making them more confident readers. Why not start a new family tradition of a holiday-themed show and tell? Your child can share a favorite book with the whole family! Make their holidays a little brighter by carving out a little extra reading time over the winter break.


November Pro-Tip: Reading Amid the Holiday Hustle & Bustle

With holiday-related chores stacking up, here are a couple of ideas to show your kids that reading is a crucial skill for navigating everyday life. Support them as they help with reading-oriented tasks like reading a recipe aloud, reading street signs as you go from here to there, or even charting a course on a map. Maybe you can ask them to help you tackle your shopping list and challenge them to read price tags and labels at the grocery store.

As your child sees how the skills they are learning in school fit into to their lives outside of the classroom, they are more likely to invest the time and energy necessary into being successful at that subject in school. Give them the extra boost they need to finish the first half of the year strong and see the powerful, positive impacts it has on your child, their success, and your interactions with them. You’ll be grateful you did!


October Pro-Tip: Find Everything You Need at the Library

Libraries are one of the greatest community resources around. Not only do they offer access to nearly limitless information through books, movies, music, audiobooks, maps, and more, but it’s all FREE!

This month, introduce this world to your kids – get them a library card (and you too, if you don’t already have one!). Be prepared to sign up, with ID and some type of address verification in hand (a utility bill will do). Then, take a little time to explore your local library and maybe check out the children’s section. We know that letting kids pick books that look interesting to them increases their chances of wanting to read throughout this school year and sparks their curiosity to learn even more. Stuck on where to start? Bonus Pro-Tip: Chat with a librarian for recommendations.

While you’re there, why not grab yourself something fun to dive into as well! Seeing you take even a few minutes to snuggle up with a good story will encourage your child to do the same. Make time to discuss your books together (maybe on the way to school?) and set a date to head back to the library. Books will go back on time, with a built in “Read By” goal. Happy Exploring!


September Pro-Tip: Create an Evening Routine

Now that the back-to-school shock is over, settle into a successful school year by establishing a solid routine for you and your child. Setting aside time for homework, chores, dinner, and getting ready for bed will keep your family on track and will help establish lifelong healthy habits for your kids. Not able to be there for bedtime? Leave a check list to follow and set them up for success by laying out their pajamas and leaving instructions for dinner.

Amp up your back-to-school routine by carving out some screen-free time each night.  Whether it’s ten minutes before bed to relax in preparation for sleep, or to read just for fun vs. reading for school, a routine around enjoying their Book Trust books will associate reading with pleasure and help develop a love of reading in your child. If you can, join in and make it a family affair! You can take turns reading or have them take charge and read to you, to siblings, or even stuffed animals. #FeedtheRead




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