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Works For Me Wednesday- Share the Reading Load April 15, 2008

Filed under: Works for me Wednesdays — thediaperdiaries @ 9:47 pm

  I mentioned yesterday that I have been enjoying some fantastic reading moments with my oldest Lily. Well besides Little House on the Prairie we have some other new found favorites I just had to share with the world. I should mention that I have a problem with those Scholastic book order forms that come home and this is how I stumbled upon this book. And by problem, I mean someone really needs to stop sending these home before we have to add an addition onto the house to add a library with wall to wall book shelves.

Now that Lily is reading bigger and more complicated books I sometimes find that she runs out of steam reading through a whole book with me. So I found this great book called “You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You.” It has lots of short stories that are color coded so that you read a few lines and then your child reads a few lines. Lily gets so excited to read her part. Even better, I found a fairy tale version that has, HELLO, Cinderella. Jackpot. There also seem to be several more.

I have adopted this method even when reading other books. We love “Green Eggs and Ham,” but at parts, it can get a little wordy so we trade off on pages. Or in some books, we will trade off reading each character. It is so cute listening to her get into character and using her imagination. Sometimes we even go “off page” and make up our own stories. It is just another way to make reading fun and enjoyable and hopefully instilling a life long love of books.

For more tips head over to Rocks in my Dryer.


13 Responses to “Works For Me Wednesday- Share the Reading Load”

  1. Jack's Mommy Says:

    I’m 25 and I remember doing this with my mom when I was a little girl (she read to me every night for years starting the day I was born!). She would read one page, and I’d read another..i rememer being excited when it was my “time to read” too. 🙂 Cute tip..I didn’t know such a book existed that promoted the trade off method!

  2. ames Says:

    Those books sounds great! I love the idea of sharing the reading.

    I tried to follow your link to the amazon page and it was broken…looks like there’s an extra http in the URL?

  3. Nichole Says:

    I remember doing that with my mom, too!

  4. mylifeatthecircus Says:

    My oldest isn’t reading yet, but I really look to those cherished moments. Great idea with the shared reading. I learned in an education class I took recently that the single most important influence in getting your child to read is by reading to them! Thanks! Crystal at My Three Ring Circus

  5. Char Says:

    We do this a lot too around here. Clare reads a page, and then I’ll read a page. It helps her from being disinterested in reading.

  6. misty Says:

    That is one of my favorite things to do! 🙂

  7. jenuinejen Says:

    That is a great way to read to your children. I also have a “problem” with those Scholastic forms.

  8. We have that series and I can’t wait to start on it with my daughter. My hubby is finishing up the whole set of Chronicles of Narnia with them now. They do a lot of ‘sharing’ too. Great WFMW.

  9. MrsScotsman Says:

    That is a great idea.

    I, too, have a weakness for Scholastic books.

  10. Heather Says:

    Great idea!! We have a little while before Ladybug is reading, but I will have to remember this idea. She loves books already at 10 1/2 months old.

  11. I love Scholastic too! It reminds me of when I was a kid and brought the order form home. We have one of those books too- but I didn’t know about the Cinderella- that’s awesome!

  12. Krista Says:

    I’m a book worm, I remember my mom being a book worm, and I hope my kids are as well!

    Tag, you’re it!

  13. Jennifer Says:

    That sounds great. It makes me so happy to hear about kids that love books and reading. It seems like most kids would rather watch TV or play video games these days. 🙂

    By the way, if you run out of space for your books or your kiddo outgrows some of them and wants to trade them in for other books, check out I’ve saved lots of money by trading books there.

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