According to StaticBrain.com, 50% of adults are unable to read a book written on an 8th grade level. Test scores are down, and we know that a lot of students are not graduating career and college ready. In fact, 19% of all high school graduates can’t read. If you think that’s bad, more than that 46% of people can’t even read the label on their prescription drugs, and I am fairly certain even more don’t understand their food labels.
One way to ensure that your children won’t fall on the wrong side of these statistics is to integrate reading into your normal lifestyle at home. Whether you home school or not, ensuring everyone in your family reads 20-30 minutes a night is vital. Even if your child isn’t old enough to read, story time should still be a regular activity in your home. Adding reading to your lifestyle will benefit your entire family.
Adults who read daily increase their memory, vocabulary and focus. More than 80% of families did not buy books over the last year, and 70% of adults haven’t been in a bookstore in the last 5 years. While there is no data that states this is the cause of the problem, I am sure we can all agree this is a symptom of it. Studies show reading actually stimulates the brain and helps to fight Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
Not sure how to motivate your kids?
Here is a family reading game I created.
1. Gather supplies needed to complete each square. Be sure that your child’s book choices are all within a healthy lexile range.
2. Print the board and give it to each family member in your house.
3. Set aside 30 minutes a night for the entire family to read a book of their choice. For example, right before bedtime or after dinner.
4. Sign off each activity your child does. I personally don’t grade these activities; I just offer praise and/or critique. When the entire family reads, everybody is a winner. Set goals with each individual child based on their reading levels and personal goals.
The game board is pretty flexible and can be used with picture books, chapter books, and novels. There can be as many players as you have family members. You can modify the board to make it age appropriate. For example, you can create the puzzle, and have your child do it instead of them creating their own. Although there are no squares for the weekend, your child will still engage with their book because they will need to finish the extension activities.
I hope you and your family enjoy this game!