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Donuts with Dad/Muffins with Mom
Start a new parent-inclusive reading tradition in your classroom! Two or three times a year, invite parents to join their children during class time for a half hour of shared reading! Provide juice and a selection of breakfast treats, such as donuts and muffins, and encourage parents to bring their own reading material (e.g., novels, nonfiction books, magazines, or newspapers). Have students make their own reading selections as well, and set up cozy corners of pillows and blankets for everyone to use as they read. During the half-hour reading period, encourage parents to sit with their children and read silently together. (Note: For younger children who are not yet capable of reading on their own, you will want to have parents choose read-alouds to share quietly with their kids rather than having each read her own book.)

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