Our Favorite Christmas Books to Help your Child Read
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Welcome to the Winter + Holiday Children Story Books Series hosted by The Jenny Evolution! More than 30 amazing bloggers have gotten together to create winter and holiday-themed books lists that your child is sure to love.
During the holiday season, many parents ask me about fun Christmas books Santa or Elf on the Shelf can bring to not only encourage reading, but to also sharpen their child’s reading skills. This year, we are participating in a fun Christmas book series where several bloggers and educators are providing all kinds of fun books for children to read. Many of these Christmas books will help your child recognize sight words and they can help your child track words on a page. There are so many fun books available to spark your child’s excitement about the holidays with fun topics that range from Santa and reindeer to snowflakes and classics all of us love. You can find all of them here.
This year for our Christmas book list, we wanted to be different. We wanted our kids and students to get excited about books that many people don’t think about and that would be cute and funny. This is why we decided to highlight holiday books all about pigs.
Tips for Reading
Before we list the Christmas books in our pig holiday series, we want to give you a few quick tips to remember when helping your child read.
As you all know, there are many words your kids will just have to memorize that can’t be decoded. If your child is struggling with their sight words or has Dyslexia, place several of the sight words you see here around your home (for example, put sight words by the clock, tape them to doors, or put them by their nightstand and drawers). Every time your child passes by the items that have a sight word attached to it, have them recite the word. This will help them remember the word and recognize it when they see it in the books they read. Remember to switch up the words often so they are learning new ones each week. For the “Best Guide for Letter and Word Recognition,” click here.
Stop and Return
While you are reading some of these fun holiday books, if you notice your child adding letters and sounds that aren’t in the words they read, don’t let them continue reading. Even though this may be frustrating to your child, stop them and return back to the word they got wrong. Help them sound out the word or ask them to say it again. You may need to cover up all the other words on the page and help them focus only on the word they got wrong.
One of the biggest problems I am now seeing in children that come to my center is they are reading too fast. This is one of the direct results and consequences we are seeing from children who are required to follow the DIBELS test in school. We will be discussing this in more detail in later articles, but parents need to help their children slow down when they read. Because children are now being “trained” to read as fast as possible, it is creating more problems with them skipping words, guessing, and saying the wrong words entirely. In addition, it is creating even more problems with their comprehension. If your child is prone to speed-reading, ask them to slow down no matter what the schools are teaching them and help them read the words more carefully. You will also want to ask them several open-ended questions at the end of the story to “test” what they read and to see how strong their comprehension is as they read the story. For example, don’t just ask them what the pig lost at Christmas; ask them what items were on the pig’s lost Christmas list as you will find below in Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List.
What to watch for
You may find that your child is struggling with their reading retention. Even though they have seen the word hundreds of times, they may still add letters or sounds to the word, or they may leave sounds and letters out of the word. You may also notice they are constantly guessing at words they should be familiar with at home and at school. If this is the case, they may struggle with auditory issues. This means that even though they have seen the words hundreds of times, they can’t retain the information they read. It’s like it has gone in one ear and out the other. This isn’t always an issue that you can improve with more tutoring or practice at home. They may need more intervention from a professional to help them build their auditory skills. At our center, we use acoustically modified music that helps the retention, which we will be discussing in later articles.
A Pig’s Christmas
Now for the fun part. Your kids will absolutely love the adventures of Peppa the Pig’s Christmas and Christmas Eve at the Mellops’. These are just two of our favorites. Since children’s books about pigs are becoming more popular, we thought this would be a great way to help them create some fun holiday memories.
We hope you will enjoy this year’s list and the many others out there that will inspire your children to develop a love for reading. Even if they are too young or are struggling with learning challenges, reading Christmas books to your children during the holidays can still get them excited about reading.
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