I saw this display in
my grocery store last summer, and I couldn’t decide how I felt about it.
I was glad to see that they are supporting literacy in young children. On the
other hand, I was kind of offended. Only 3 times a week? Why not 3 times a day?
Or even once a day?
my own friends make, I know lots of families fit in daily reading time. Still, I started to wonder.
take an informal survey. I set up a little online questionnaire, and polled 32
moms of kids ages 2-5.
How Long Do Moms Read?
ask them to remember back a whole week, I asked how many minutes they recalled
reading aloud in the previous 24 hours.
they reported reading to their child for 17 minutes. Only 2 moms reported zero
minutes of reading time.
my sample were either members of my local Mothers of Multiples club or their friends,
plus a few of my own friends. I didn’t ask demographic questions on this quick,
unscientific survey, but I would guess that it skews a bit higher than average
in terms of socioeconomic and education levels.
How Long Do They Think They Should be
also reported how long they thought they should be reading. I wish that I’d
asked this as an open ended question. Here are my results:
Are They Satisfied with How Long They’re
they thought they should.
of them read as much, or more than, they wanted, 41% – a pretty big chunk – did
Tips for Finding Time to Read Aloud
survey question asked for tips on finding time to read aloud. Nearly everyone,
regardless of their other responses, said that making it a part of your routine
Yes, the moms who read the least amount of time said this as much as
those who read the most. I think this
means that we need to think harder about how
we’ll include it in our routine.
Putting it into potty time is great, except
some kids grow to be pretty quick and self-sufficient there. Putting it at
bedtime is great, but sometimes time runs short, making it tempting to skip.
So, I think making reading part of your routine takes some thought and dedication.
hear about what works well for you and your family so that we can learn from
love of reading. We have books around that the kids beg us to read, and that we enjoy too.
say “no” to a sweet child asking for a favorite story.