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Why Is Reading To Your Kids Every Night Important Homework? Teach Your Children How To Read

Updated on May 24, 2014

Reading At Home

Reading at home is an important practice while forming a progressive and prosperous family foundation.

The most important thing that your children will ever be exposed to-more than watching television, playing electronic games or utilizing any other form of media -is seeing their parents read.

Whether it be in the form of Newspapers, Books, Bibles, or even Cookbooks, children will watch you and they will subconsciously pick up your discipline.

Here are some of the things that I thought of to use as a basic guide for how to set limits and rules, enforce them, and implement consequences for not being compliant.

Please Comment and share your opinions. Feel free to share with me things that you have tried that work, or things that don't.

Here's what I came up with:

Dr. Seuss


Bedtime is at the established time, sharp! You are to be in your bed by this time.

  • Once in bed, stay in bed; do not get up because you “forgot” something.
  • Bedtimes can change for a variety in reasons, including getting home later from a function, etc. We will deal with such situations as the time comes.

These are my ideas based on my personal upbringing, input from friends and family, as well as suggestions from professionals in the field.

Feel free to comment and tell me what you think. I find that the practices above work for my family. All families are different, and I would love to know what you do!

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Homework & Media Privileges

This can be developed into a "Contract" with your kids.

All homework must be completed as soon as you get home from school. (You may have a quick snack first, preferably fruit.)

  • Before using the television or computer, all homework must be checked and signed off , including your agenda.
  • Homework is your priority; your job . It comes before any form of entertainment.
  • Everyone will be able to use the computer for up to (2) hours per night, providing all homework is completed.
  • All television and computers are to be turned off by the time established within each household.

· Computers, games, and television are not rights; they are privileges and can be taken away as such.

Your ability to maintain these privileges is dependent upon your completion of all other priorities.

Nightly Reading

Reading before bed relaxes the mind and soul and stimulates your brain. Reading together as a family creates a strong bond that encourages community learning, imagination, self-discipline, and a feeling of accomplishment. Reading before bed can often help clear the mind of the stresses of everyday life and promotes healthy sleep cycles. Reading together as a family creates a strong bond within the household.

Before joining together for nightly reading sessions, everyone should get ready for bed: get into pajamas, brush your teeth, etc.a half hour before the established bedtime.

  • Reading will be done every night as a community; we will all read independently, together. On some occasions, perhaps once per week we will take turns reading from the same book. The Bible, Classic Fairy Tales, or any other genre that your family finds common interest in is a great suggestion.
  • Reading will begin at the same relative time every night in the family room. This creates the routine.
  • Comic books and anime books are not allowed for this reading, although you may choose to read these on your own time. Age appropriate novels and short stories are preferred.
  • We will read for at least 20 minutes every night.
  • Books must be for your reading level and age.
  • For an optional exercise, the following may be introduced regularly, or periodically: You will write your thoughts in a journal for a minimum of 10 minutes. Journal entries must be related to what you have read.

Top 5 Children's Books of All Time (by age group)

Age Group
"The Very Hugry Caterpillar"
Eric Carle
Infant-2 Years
"Dear Zoo"
Rod Campbell
"The Baby's Catalogue"
Janet and Allen Ahlberg
"Where's Spot?"
Eric Hill
"We're Going On A Bear Hunt"
Michael Rosen
"Goodnight Moon"
Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
2-4 Years
"The Elephant and the Bad Baby"
Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs
"The Snail and the Whale"
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
"My Friend Harry"
Kim Lewis
"Where The Wild Things Are"
Maurice Sendak
"The Sheep-Pig"
Dick King-Smith
5-7 Years
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
Roald Dahl
"The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth"
Eoin Colfer
"The Adventures of Captain Underpants"
Dav Pilkey
"The Worst Witch"
Jill Murphy
"Stig Of The Dump"
Clive King
8-12 Years
"Charlotte's Web"
EB White
"The Family From One End Street"
Eve Garnet
"The Story of Tracy Beaker"
Jacqueline Wilson
Roald Dahl
"I Capture The Castle"
Dodie Smith
"His Dark Materials"
Philip Pullman
"The Chaos Walking Trilogy"
Patrick Ness
"Are You There ,God? It's Me, Margaret"
Judy Blume
"Goodnight Mr. Tom"
Michelle Migorian

Children's Books


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    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello peachpurple! All children learn differently. It is important to find your child's strengths and weaknesses and develop a method that works! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience!


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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      my kid is 6 years old. Every day he will finish his homework but he could only concentrate each homework around 20-30min. I had to give him a break in between so that he could continue the 2nd homework. Yes, he loves bedtime stories and computers 2-4 hours per day, after homework is done. Voted useful

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Trsmd! You make a great point! Thanks for commenting and SHARING!


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      Trsmd 5 years ago from India

      Yes JSMathew, I agree that whatever teacher teaches in the class, you have to learn and read the same in the class, which will make the child knowledgeable one. Thanks for sharing:)

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I agree brittanytodd! Reading is the foundation for education. I am glad you liked the suggested readings by age group! I appreciate your votes and comment! Thanks for stopping by!


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      Brittany Kennedy 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

      Reading is so important! This is an excellent hub. I love your suggested readings; they are perfect for each age group. Voted up, etc.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @cebutouristspot: Reading is an excellent way to bond with our kids. It promotes imagination, learning, discipline and many other qualities. I am sure your son will thank you when he gets older for sharing this wonderful gift with him! Thanks for your comment!


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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @thumbi7: Libraries are great places to take small children. I remember being young and seeing all the books, it was like a castle made of paper! It's great to see that libraries are still strong even with today's technology. I appreciate all your comments! Thanks!


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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      I agree with what you have stated. Also it's a good way to bond with your son/daugther. I started reading to my son when he was 3. :)

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Children learn what they live. I started taking my children to a nearby libarary when they were three to four years old.

      This helped in developing a love towards reading and books.

      Apart from reading they learned to interact with librarian, to maintain silence while reading, to keep the book back in the same shelf, same place after reading etc.

      Even now we go library;the only difference is in their choice of books.

      Your hub is wonderful because it encourages reading

      Thanks for SHARING:)

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello fpherj48! When one is surrounded by books, one can't help but to pick up and read it! It sounds like you have created reading success in your children and they have continued on this legacy with their own kids! Reading is such a multi-sided activity: it can be personal or social and both, at the same time! Thank you for sharing your time-tested experience with us! I appreciate your comment!


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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      J.S. Matthew....Am impressed by your hub and in total agreement. As a lifelong voracious reader, I read to my sons from infancy & literally filled our home with books for all of us from ceiling to floor. As it happened, I felt my sons didn't share my love of reading, as they got into HS. Daily classes and homework apparently was enough for them. (also, Sports, sports and more sports)

      However, now as family men, I am happy to see that my habit actually DID take hold in wonderful ways. Not only do they read to their babies, daily, They themselves actually read for leisure and BTW, all married "readers!"

      LOL.....It matters and it really pays off in numerous ways. Great hub!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Tammy! You and your children are proof that this works! Yes, be sure to read the old fashioned bound books to the baby! Children are so insightful and we often don't realize how much they pay attention to what we say and do! Sometimes when they are teens it seems like they don't but I know they do because I hear my kids repeat things I say all the time! Thanks for sharing your experience! I always appreciate your comments!


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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is such a true and vital hub JS. I have 4 kids. My older children and I would always have quiet reading time. They are still all readers, but my oldest reads several books a month. My youngest is two. I have to make a concious effort to read something but internet pages with her. We make our time for reading. She wants to do everything that I do. :) Thanks for such a thoughtful hub!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I see we have that in common! Well, I am not a military wife, but my Dad was in Vietnam and he raised us with kind discipline. I could never live without order, and I would go crazy if I couldn't read!


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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I'm a military wife, teacher, and mom. Leading by example and structure is just a natural part of our lives, as is reading. :-)

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I am a fan of structure myself, having grown up in a military house (my Dad-and he wasn't that bad!) Reading is so very important and our children do mimic what we say and do. Regular reading ourselves can show your kids how important it is on a sub-conscious level. Thanks for the votes and the share! I always appreciate your comments!


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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      JS, you are so right. Reading to your kids, with your kids, around your kids, etc. are the best ways to teach them to love reading. I love that you have set up guidelines/rules. I am big on the structure. :-) Votes and shared! :-)

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Rosie writes: Hello and thanks for stopping by! That is an awesome idea! Reading aloud to kids (teenagers is a plus!) can forge lasting memories and hopefully when they grow up they will read to their kids as well. It seems like your idea works! Thanks for your comment!


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      Rosie writes 5 years ago from Virginia

      Great hub! I wish all parents thought reading was as important as you do. One thing I do to get my teenagers started on a new novel is read the first chapter aloud to them. This always works to keep them returning to it on their own after that.

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