Well, it is that time of year again. My kids are off to school and I am excited to begin writing a brand new book. I will be creating the book through this blog and you will have free access to all of it’s content here. This book/blog series is called Seven Habits of Highly Effective Readers and will give you information on what you can do to create an avid reader.
One of the greatest places that kids who love to read books, keep their books, is in the car. For some parents this can be frustrating because they absolutely abhore clutter. For me, this is the area that I allow some slack. I want my kids to be bringing books into the car. Why? Well, the honest truth is that we spend an awful lot of time in the car each week.
I actually sat down and figured out how much time I spend in the car each week with my family. Here are the results per week.
- Going to church each week = 1 hour
- Going to school in the morning = 25 minutes
- Soccer practice = 3 hours
- Dance class = 50 minutes
- Going out to eat = 1 hour
Total = 6 hours and 15 minutes
So we are in the car for about 6 hours and 15 minutes every single week at least. Most kids can get their required reading done in the car and have time to play on their ipod and listen to music. Talk about a win, win scenario.
Now, highly effective readers are already doing this. So what if your child is not a highly effective reader. How can we incorporate this into our daily habits? Well it is pretty easy.
1. Get a car organizer. They can go onto the back of the car seat and are perfect for storing books.
2. Let your kids put 3 books into the car in the designate spot.
3. Every Friday have your kids go through the books that they have finished and replace them with another book.
3. Remind your kids to read when you are in the car. They can read to you, to the kid next to them, or to themselves. Whenever you give kids a choice it gives them a sense of power.
One thing to take into consideration about reading is that many of our kids will typically pick out fiction books. Try to motivate them to pick out some non-fiction books as well. This is a perfect car activity because if you are going on a trip, then you can get a book about the specific destination you are going to.
When our family went to Niagara Falls I put some books in the car about people going over the falls in barrels. One of those books was called Daredevils Over Niagara by George Bailey. Our kids learned really cool facts about the Falls that were interesting and engaging to them. It was also really motivating for them because they knew they were going to be visiting the place where these things had once happened.
When our family went to Disney World we got books about each of the parks that we were going to visit. This built excitement, but at the same time they learned some really cool fact.
If your child is one of those kids that gets car sick, then you can still utilize reading in the books. All you need to do is get books on tape and listen to them as a family.
We all spend a lot of time going from place to place in the car, so we might as well utilize it for the best of our children’s education. How do you utilize car time? Do you keep books in the car?