Bill and Penny, Puppy Post Mascots, say “Reading Is Fun and Can Make ‘Cents’ too!”
In celebration of March Reading Month, DFCU Financial will reward those who read with $1 per book (up to 10 books) deposited in their account.
To participate is as EASY as A-B-C.
• Print out the book log below
• Fill it out as you read each book with the title and author (up to 10 books)
• When complete, print it out and bring to your nearest DFCU branch during the month of March (or before April 2). If you have an account with us, $1 per book up to 10 books
will be deposited.
• Don’t have an account? Start one with $5 and we will deposit $1 per book (up to 10) once you turn in your completed form.
for a printable book log form.
How can you celebrate March Reading Month at home? Here are 10 tips to enjoy reading at home, every month of the year!
1. Keep the topics interesting
Does your child love non-fiction books, or books about fairies? Maybe superheroes or historical fiction is their thing? Whatever the topic, let children’s interests guide their book selections. Visit your local library and talk with the librarian about books in the genre of their choice.
2. Read aloud
Don’t stop reading aloud to your children when they learn how to read. Listening to books read aloud helps children learn about cadence, fluency and expression. Make up voices for the characters that stay consistent as you read through a book – a high squeaky voice for the mouse or a deep, gruff voice for the bear. Make reading aloud part of your daily routine for all the kids and adults in your home, young and old alike.
3. Set a good example
One of the most important steps parents can take to support early literacy skill development is with a literacy-rich home environment. Read for pleasure, talk with your children about how much you love reading, have books available, make reading a fun and special activity at home, not just for them, but also for you.
4. Make a special spot for reading
Consider making a special reading area for your child at home. Perhaps an unused corner of your house with a small book shelf and a bean bag. A space that is well-lit, organized and inviting where kids can find the right book and curl up to enjoy it quietly. Let infants and toddlers have access to their books, keeping them on a low shelf or in a basket that is accessible.
5. Visit your local library
No matter how many books you have at home, nothing beats a trip to the library to stock up on new and interesting titles. Schedule time to go to the library regularly. Look at your local library’s programs as well, many offer fun and interesting – and often free – activities to support children’s literacy development. And while you are there, don’t forget to check out books.
6. Have a read-in
March is often filled with cold, wet and muddy days that make outside play hard. Pick a rainy day to have a read-in. Leave on your pajamas, build a blanket fort in the living room and snuggle up with a good book. You could go a step further and have a book-themed day, with “Green Eggs and Ham” for breakfast and a viewing of a movie like “Charlotte’s Web” that is based off a book to end the day.
7. Be flexible
In order to keep reading fun and engaging, it’s important to be flexible. Maybe your child is too tired after a long day at school to read at bedtime and they would prefer to listen to an audio book as they fall asleep. Help your child find a time to fit reading in that works well for your family. Look for pockets of time such as the drive to school, waiting for ballet class or on the bus ride home where kids have some down time and might be able to read a little. Avoid having hard and fast rules about reading as this is a time that should be fun and not a punishment.
8. Reward wisely
Avoid the temptation to offer screen time as a reward for reading. When we offer TV as a reward for reading, we show them that reading is what you do to get something really valuable, like watch TV.
This doesn’t mean you can’t offer incentives for reading. Every child is different. Some children might respond well to a sticker chart, others to a special trip to the zoo after so many books. Consider connecting the rewards to your child’s interests and the books they are reading; the child that loves dinosaur books might be motivated by a trip to the natural history museum to see real dinosaur bones.
9. Reading is reading
Worried that your child isn’t reading novels, but prefers sports magazines? Rest assured that reading really is reading! Let your child select their own reading material. It is OK to let your child select magazines, graphic novels or other material outside of a traditional book.
10. Books are special too
Emphasize the “special” nature of books. Give books as gifts with a note in the cover. Ask people to gift your children with books for holidays and birthdays.
Helping your child grow to love reading is an amazing gift. Reading opens a world of imagination to your child. Make an effort to keep reading a priority in your home; a family activity that is fun, engaging and something you do together, every day.