Toy Rotations are all the rage. It’s so smart though right. Pop a few toys away, and after your little babes lose interest, bring a few out and tuck away the others. There is significant research that shows children do better with less. Not only does it decrease clutter, make clean up easier and save you money, it can foster creativity and increase the amount of time your little babe likes to play.
So what about your books? It works with some of the same principles! We’ve all been there, you’ve told your little to grab a book off their shelf, and they stand there humming and hawing because they have too many options. Keeping a simple shelf of a few books helps eliminate the stress (and time) it takes them to make a choice. Highlighting a few key favourites at a time, increases the likeness that reading is enjoyable and less like a daunting task.
When move books around our house, or choose some new ones from our hidden away pile, all of a sudden the stories have found new excitement. An old favourite reappears, a new story becomes a top interest pick, and excitement has been generated. The best part? You can easily see what books they are enjoying and what books they are avoiding. So get curious, what is it about certain books that steer them away? What is it about the books they love that grabs their attention? This can help you make informed choices when purchasing or borrowing books from the library. Amazing right?
So how do you actually rotate it? Here’s a few key tips!
We are officially into summer! Woohoo! So why not get out your favourite blanket, take it to a quiet spot and pack your bag with a few good books. Oh right! Because you likely have little people who demand your attention that getting through a book on the regular can prove quite challenging. So! Pack your bag with your little babes' favourite stories and head outside to read together.
When the weather gets warm and sunny we love taking our students outside as it is one of our favourite activities to promote calm, quiet and engaged thinking. There’s something about reading in the sunshine, under a tree amongst nature that is blissful for both avid and hesitant readers. But did you know, that there are some serious benefits to reading outside?