Are you ready to make time for reading by creating a regular reading routine into your daily schedule with your kids? Finding time for reading with your little ones can be a challenge, but fear not—I’ve got your back with some time-efficient reading strategies that will fit seamlessly into your busy routine.

10 Ways to Make time for reading with your kids. A blog post by The Miraculous Journey of Books at Image of man reading with two kids.

How do you schedule reading time for kids?

One of the most frequently asked questions from this amazing community of moms is, “How do you schedule reading time for kids?” I get it – with the whirlwind of daily responsibilities, finding the perfect rhythm for reading can seem like a challenging feat. In this blog post, we’re going to unravel the secrets to seamlessly incorporating the magic of books into your child’s routine, even in the midst of your busy schedule.

We’ll be exploring time-efficient reading strategies tailored for moms who are always on the go. From snack-sized reading sessions to creating cozy reading nooks, each tip is designed to fit into the snippets of time you can carve out in your day. By the end of this post, you’ll have a toolkit of practical and joyful approaches to schedule reading time that not only nurtures your child’s love for books but also fosters precious moments of connection and bonding.

How many hours a day should you read with your kids?

Ah, the golden question that many parents ponder: How many hours a day should you dedicate to reading with your kids? Well, let’s keep it real and practical.

While there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, the key is quality over quantity. Aim for at least 20 minutes a day for younger children. (This was actually the nightly homework I required for my students when I was in the classroom.) Gradually extend the time as they grow.

Personally, my family will read together anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour each day. It’s not always in one sitting. We have reading time built into our routine before nap time and also before bedtime. However, we might fit in one or two other times if the opportunity arises during the day, making it manageable for even the busiest schedules. Every moment counts.

Remember, it’s not about the clock but about the connection you forge during those reading sessions. The goal is to create a positive and enjoyable experience that nurtures a love for books. So, embrace the ebb and flow of your daily routine, find those pockets of time, and savor the magic of reading with your little ones.

1. Snack-Sized Reading Sessions

Can I tell you that reading for just a few minutes each day can really add up? Sometimes when you think about taking five minutes to read it just doesn’t seem worth it, but let me assure you that it absolutely does! Those reading sessions add up and creating a habit, even a small one, will put you on the path to reading more in the future and helping your child to fall in love with books.

Use snack times or waiting periods to sneak in a quick story. It’s amazing how much reading you can accomplish while munching on apple slices.

2. Create a Cozy Reading Nook

Make a special little corner in your home that is devoted solely to books. Add in some soft pillows and blankets to make it inviting. This will help to signal that it’s time to unwind with a good book.

If you would like some guidance is designing a reading nook, follow these 8 Must-Have Reading Nook Design Ideas.

3. Audio Books on the Go

One of our family’s favorite ways to read is by harnessing the power of audio books during car rides or while tackling household chores. It’s multitasking at its finest!

Check out these blog posts with our favorite audiobooks and other resources for those times you are on the go:

4. Incorporate Books into Daily Routines

One incredibly effective strategy is to identify and leverage existing routines. Take, for example, the precious moments around bedtime or bath time. These segments of the day already hold a sense of calm and routine, making them ideal opportunities to seamlessly incorporate reading.

By associating the joy of storytelling with these established rituals, you not only create a natural flow but also set the stage for a positive reading environment.

5. Choose Engaging Books

This may sound obvious, but be sure to opt for books that grab attention from the get-go. If the story is captivating, your child will be eager for even short reading sessions.

Sometimes this means that a classic book or your favorite from childhood might not be a hit. Don’t be afraid to abandon a book if it’s not engaging for your child. They might come around to it another time!

Check out these tips for find a book your kid will love for more in-depth informaiton on this topic.

6. Interactive Reading Sessions

Make reading hands-on with activities related to the story. This not only adds fun but also enhances comprehension. Consider watching the movie after you finish the book or pairing your reading time with a delicious treat related to the story. I mean, who doesn’t want a little chocolate while reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

It’s also fun to add interactive props like felt boards, magnets, or puppets to elevate your story time. Be sure to check out this post that includes 14 Interactive Storytelling Props.

7. Set Realistic Goals

Don’t stress about finishing an entire book in one sitting. Set realistic goals, even if it means just a few pages a day. If you happen to skip a day, don’t give up entirely! It’s worth it to read just a little at a time until your habit begins to take shape.

8. Involve the Whole Family

Turn reading into a family affair. Older siblings can read to younger ones, creating a bonding experience for everyone. in our family, we enjoy sitting in my son’s room and listening to my husband read aloud before bedtime. Sometimes my daughter (she’s 1) will play on the floor while we read. This might look like a disaster, but it’s actually a very positive experience for her.

9. Utilize Tech Wisely

Educational apps and e-books can be valuable allies. We sometimes read stories on the computer at the library because my son loves the animations that goes along with the stories. Just be mindful of screen time and balance it with traditional reading.

10. Celebrate Progress

In the end, I encourage you to celebrate all of the small victories. Whether it’s completing a chapter or recognizing new words, every step forward is a win.

Remember, it’s not about the quantity but the quality of the time you spend reading together. These strategies are designed to effortlessly weave the joy of reading into your daily chaos.

How do you make time for reading when you have kids?

One last question I wanted to address is for a mom’s time reading. It’s not easy to make time for your own personal reading, but it’s definitely important! Just as you are being gracious with your kids in building that reading time, be sure to do the same with yourself. Even a few minutes a day makes a difference! I would encourage you to listen to audiobooks (I love to get these from our local library) or take time to read in front of your kids. Not only does this model that you prioritize reading time, it also gives you a moment to relax while your kids are running around in the back yard.

So, embrace these moments, weave the magic of words into your routines, and watch as reading effortlessly becomes an integral and cherished part of your daily life. It’s not just about reading; it’s about creating lasting connections and building a love for books that will last a lifetime.