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Kids’ Activities for WAHMs: Reading

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Reading is one of those kids activities that work-at-home moms love because it needs little adult help but is fun for kids. Reading encompasses more than just books. Kids can read magazines, comic books, newspapers and websites. Reading while you work should be about engaging the mind more than decoding the words.

For a wide range of ages, these kids’ activities promote independence and teach kids to find their own fun...something a work-at-home mom appreciates. See other kids’ activities in this series.

Reading

Age range: Preschool and up
Number of children: One or more
Type of activity: Fun for one, books, indoor activity

Description:

Reading encompasses a lot more than just books. Kids can read magazines, comic books, newspapers and websites. If you want your child to read while you work at home, find out what he or she likes to read.

For kids who are new to reading, choose some wordless books, which might tell a story in all pictures or have visual puzzles. Also older kids can read to younger kids.

Preparation:

Bring your children to the local library and take out a wide selection of books. Let them choose some, and you pick a few extras. It’s OK if some go back unread. Also shopping at new or used bookstores or at online booksellers will ensure you always have some good books on hand. Buy children’s magazines, and if your child shows interest in one, then subscribe.

Whenever possible, preview your children’s reading material so you can elicit their opinions and ask questions about their reading.

Keep in Mind:

Getting some kids to read can be tough. This is why finding the right reading material is key. And sometimes you may be better off letting them list to an audio book, rather than arguing about it.

Reading while you work is an activity that should be about engaging the mind more than decoding the words. For a child who struggles with reading, let them read books below their level, if they will be reading while you are unavailable to help. Reading to a younger sibling can be a great way to get reluctant readers to pick up a book.

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