April 2013, readathon

Read-a-thon Count Down: Day 3. Fun with Your Kids!

Hey everyone! Vasilly here from 1330v. With the read-a-thon just days away and readers around the world gearing up for the big event, Andi and I thought now is the perfect time to offer a few tips to readers who are participating with their kids. My kids have been participating in Dewey’s read-a-thon since they were little. I’ve learned a lot about being a part of this event with kids through trial and error, so here are a few tips for parents who are participating this weekend:

·         Build up excitement for the event. Days before a read-a-thon, my kids and I visit the public library for our stack of books. When my kids were younger, I made sure to pick up picture books so I could read to them. When the kids became older, they picked out their own books. The rule is no book is too long or too outrageous to be checked out for the event. It also helps to get books in a variety of formats: comic books, audio books, e-books . . .whatever.  Plus, the kids all know that not every book needs to be read. When kids have books they’re excited to read, being a part of Dewey’s read-a-thon is a no-brainer.

·         Plan your meals ahead. This is a good rule even if you do the read-a-thon alone. If you plan your meals ahead of time, you won’t have to go to the store or go buy take-out. If your kids are old enough, have them help you plan the day’s meals. It’s one more thing for the kids to be excited about. Of course, it also makes your day less hectic.

·         Keep healthy snacks on hand. Lots of snacks people. When you’re in the middle of a great page-turner, the last thing you want to do is to constantly have to get up to get a child a snack or water. I often keep things like broccoli, celery, graham crackers, and carrots on hand.  I usually have the snacks within reach so the kids can easily get to them.

·         It’s okay to take naps. Really. We always take naps during the read-a-thon. It’s good to take a break away from reading especially if you plan on reading late into the night.

·         Make the read-a-thon family time. During the event, we not only read together but do other things too to make the day special. Whether it’s taking naps or preparing food together, it makes the event stand out.

·         Don’t put limits on yourself. This is another read-a-thon rule that applies to everyone. The read-a-thon is a day to celebrate books and reading.  It’s not a marathon. Read as much or as little as you want. Reading to your little ones counts. Listening to an audio book with the kids while going to soccer practice counts too. When you make this event stress-free and flexible, you end up enjoying it more.

·         Have fun!

For parents who have participated in Dewey’s read-a-thon before with their kids, are there any tips you think I should add? For parents who are participating for the first time in this event, with their kids, do you still have a question or comment? I’m happy to answer them in the comments.

9 thoughts on “Read-a-thon Count Down: Day 3. Fun with Your Kids!”

  1. Awesome tips. I don’t have children, but a lot of these tips are helpful to me as well. Meal planning and snacks were something I didn’t really consider during the last read-a-thon I did and I won’t be making the same mistake this time!

  2. This was an awesome post, Vasilly!!! I honestly can’t think of a thing to add. My daughter didn’t participate in the first readathon with me, but she has since the second one (and even when she was younger, she always seemed to outlast me 😛 ).

  3. Doing the readathon with my kids is the best! I think you’ve covered it well. Snacks are the highlight for my kids, but I must confess we have gone the junk food route. I’m still not sure if we will be able to do this one.

  4. Love this post… lots of great reminders! I have a lot of friends who say they can’t do the Readathon for various reasons… other commitments, can’t stay up for 24 hours, can’t read for that long. And I always tell them that it’s really NOT that high-stress. You do what you can/want to do, however it works for you. Participate a little or participate a lot, but you won’t be sorry that you did!! I have to spend most of the day tomorrow at the baseball field as it’s my son’s big “Opening Day.” Didn’t realize it when I first signed up for the Readathon, but I’m going to try to read when I have some down time at field. We’ll see how it goes!

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