Encouraging literacy and reading aloud to kids is something we all know we “should” do, and most of us do our best. But depending on your stage of motherhood and the age of your kids, this is easier said than done. In this special episode of The Mom Hour, Meagan and Sarah offer specific been-there-done-that tips for incorporating reading and literacy into home life for moms of kids at specific ages, including addressing specific challenges that come up during motherhood’s many seasons.
We talk about making time for reading when you have a new baby and a toddler, dealing with little kids who don’t like to sit still for a story, tips for the managing bedtime reading with kids of different ages, encouraging reluctant readers, keeping up with voracious readers’ book consumption, and how family culture around literacy changes as kids grow up. Join us!
About Our Sponsor
We partnered with Save The Children and their Read A Story, Change Their Story campaign to put together this episode. At the top of the show and the mid-show break you’ll hear more about how you can help U.S. schools get books and education resources just by tracking your own time reading with kids at home–plus tips for making it easy to do during a busy season.
Join Meagan and Sarah for 100 Days of Reading and #ChangeTheirStory!
Through our work with Save The Children, we learned that 60% of U.S. children living in poverty don’t have a children’s book in their home. When those kids start school, they may already be behind–but we’ve got an easy way to help.
Just read with your children at home, and log your minutes at savethechildren.org/read. Throughout the campaign, generous corporate partners will donate books to children in need, improving literacy and changing lives. Save The Children’s goal is to reach 100 million minutes of reading in honor of their 100th anniversary, and every minute you log will help give books to U.S. kids in need!
Links we mentioned (or should have) in this episode:
- Save The Children’s #ChangeTheirStory campaign
- The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gourdon
- Sarah’s babies loved this particular board book: My First Words: Let’s Get Talking! (My First Tabbed Board Book
- How To Raise A Reader, the online guide and book list from the New York Times
- The Complete Calvin & Hobbes and The Complete Far Side
- WhatDoWeDoAllDay.com is Sarah’s go-to resource for getting new book ideas
- We both love Common Sense Media for checking the appropriateness (and getting specific information for parents) about certain titles