DD is in 2nd grade. To my frustration, there is virtually no time for reading in the classroom. DD always has a book in her backpack but says they never have time for free-reading. She did a lot of reading in the library after lunch when school first started because it was so hot outside (we live in AZ). Now that it's nice outside, DD spends her recesses playing outside which is great but she's lost that free reading time at school.
DD always wants to play after we get home from school after she finishes her homework.
A few weeks ago, I started doing a version of DEAR with her. I'll read and she'll sit next to me and read her book.
But she's spending a lot of time reading so she's not making that much progress on her books.
She's at an age where she would rather play than read. I don't want to discourage play but think she needs to be reading a little bit more so she keeps up her skills. She's reading about 2 grade levels ahead so I'm not worried about her reading.
Do your kids have time for free reading during school? It drives me crazy that they don't have time for this.
Any suggestions for encouraging more reading at home? I thought about the car on the way home from school but DD likes to listen to audio books. Should I turn off the audio books and encouraging reading instead?