The holidays are almost upon us. The coming months for many of us will be filled with cheer, fun and fellowship. Shopping and quality time with friends and family as well as beautiful, snowy nights are on their way. This is a better season than just about any other to spend time relaxing and bonding with your children. Reading time with Christmas books is a great way to build closeness and memories that will not only last a lifetime, but will foster a love of reading in your child.
The holidays are a time of hustle and bustle and stress. As fun as the whirlwind of shopping, baking, tree decorating, planning and parties can be, family time can get lost in the shuffle. It’s vital not to lose sight of the necessity for quiet bonding time between you and your kids. Settling in with a Christmas-themed book will allow you to share stories about kindness and sharing, and provide that time to create memories and enjoy one another’s company.
Break-Time Reading Skills
Skills atrophy when not used. Especially among younger children who are just learning their vocabulary, sentence structure and literacy skills, it is important to keep those skills strong and honed. While your child is on break from school, take some time out every day for reading time with a holiday book.
Your child will keep and even improve their reading skills and even possibly without realizing they are learning—which is the best way to learn! Before you know it, they may be approaching you to remind you that it’s time to read, or they might even just pick up a book on their own.
The Spirit of Christmas Books
Some of the most timeless tales in our entire culture revolve around Christmas. Consider classics like “A Christmas Carol,” “The Nutcracker,” “The Shoemaker and the Elves,” or even, “The Night Before Christmas.” These stories never go out of style. Even for adults who have read them hundreds of times, they carry a sense of excitement and warmth, and hammer home the spirit of the holidays.
Books like these are a great way to not only entertain your child while building reading and vocabulary skills, they are also an excellent way to teach your kids about the spirit of the holiday season. For many of them, the message is timeless no matter what your holiday traditions may be.
Memories and Love of Literature
We all know that reading enhances our children’s vocabulary, builds creativity, increases critical analysis and thinking skills, and helps with sentence structure and grammar. Building a love of reading and literature is vital to your child’s future academic and life success. When you make the fond memories associated with holiday reading time, your child will begin to view reading as a comfort and a stress relief, which will lead them to turn to books when they need comfort in the future.
If you would like to kick off your holiday reading with a great and classic Christmas story, check out our collection of free Christmas story eBooks. Then peruse our site for other amazing early literacy tools and educational tips!