Reassessing Our Bedtime Routine for Reading Month
I was thrilled when Orajel™ invited us to celebrate World Read Aloud Day (February 24th) and National Reading Month with them. Together with Scholastic, they have launched Read2Me Tonight – a site full of resources and a “challenge” to inspire parents to read aloud to their kids before bedtime. Can I be honest? Since my older two kids have started school and become independent readers, I have let our read aloud routine slip big time. But that’s not fair to my 4 year old J.C., and it sure isn’t helping his reading and language development, either. Besides, even my two big kids still love being read to. AND I’ve already shared how we’ve struggled with J.C.’s tooth brushing routine. So this invitation from Orajel™ and their Read2Me Tonight initiative is the
kick in the pants reminder I needed. It’s time to get our bedtime routine back in order and make sure we’re including good tooth brushing and reading each night before bed. Here’s how I’m doing it…
The Read2Me Tonight Challenge + Free Printable Bedtime Routine Chart
I created an interactive Bedtime Routine Chart with a visual schedule of all of the steps leading up to bedtime. (You can download and print the Free Bedtime Routine Chart HERE!*) Now J.C. has step-by-step pictures to follow, and he can move a clothespin along to keep track of what step he’s on.
And of course, I included “Brush & Floss Teeth” and “Read a Book” as steps leading up to “Turn Out Lights”.
He’s a huge PAW Patrol™ fan, so his new Orajel™ PAW Patrol™ Toothbrush and Orajel™ PAW Patrol™ Anticavity Flouride Toothpaste make tooth brushing fun. And I’m utilizing the 100 Best Read-Aloud Books list and the free Scholastic e-book, The Three Bees, on Scholastic.com/read2me to keep our reading fun, too.
Take the Read2Me Tonight Challenge for a Chance to Win!
You and your kids can also take part in the the Read2Me Tonight Challenge for a chance to win all 100 Best Read-Aloud Books and a PAW Patrol™ “Brushers Bundle” from Orajel™! Just take a photo or video of you and/or your kids reading aloud as part of their bedtime routine. Then share that entry via Scholastic.com/read2me to social media, earning an extra chance to win and helping to spread the word!
Make sure to check out Scholastic.com/read2me for more resources and interesting articles from the editors of Scholastic Parents, too.
Download & Print the Free Bedtime Routine Chart HERE!*
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What is your child’s bedtime routine like? Do you incorporate reading? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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This post was sponsored by Orajel™. The opinions and text are all mine.