As April is coming, I decided to start a new monthly project: the month of reading aloud (a lot) to children. Lately, I have not consequently read to the children. When I come back from work in the evening, I do not have so much energy to do something meaningful with the children, This has to change and I hope this monthly project will motivate me to read more to the children.
Advantages of the project:
- Enables to spend quality time with the children
- Improve the language skills of the children
- Improve reading skills for the first grader
- Inspiration as I would like to write a children book one day
- Read if possible everyday to at least one child
- Read at least 20 different books or stories
- Read 10 traditional fairy tales such as Cinderella or Little Red Riding Hood
- Have my daughter read as much as possible herself
Difficulties to deal with:
- Language choice: we speak German and French at home but my daughter is more comfortable with reading German texts. However, I have a lot of children books in French.
- Speech delay: the boys still do not speak much. It is difficult to find out which kinds of books they want to read
- Competition with other activities: the children do not always feel like reading a book with me.
As for the month of living healthier challenge, I am giving myself points when I reach some objectives.
- Reading a book or story to a child: +1 point
- Reading a book or story to several children: +2 or 3 points according to the number of children present
- Reading books both in German and French in the day: +1 point
- Reading a traditional fairy tale such as Cinderella: +1 point
- Get my daughter to read out loud too: +1 point
- Reading related activity (to be defined, if you have any suggestion, please write them in the comment section): +1 point
If a book is composed of several stories, I will count a point for each story read. If I begin a book but do not finish it because the children lose interest, I may count a point or not according to the number of pages read.