My kids are high energy--last night, they ran around in a circle in the family room for 20 minutes for fun. Getting them to sit still is, at times, a monumental feat. While I think it is wonderful they are so active--and I'd really like some of their energy--it does pose a problem when it comes to story time.
So, I've had to get creative. Once in a while, I'll get them to sit down to listen to a story. Admittedly, I have more luck with my daughter with this than my son. They also know that they get stories before naps and bedtime. However, it is sometimes a challenge to get them to sit and listen at other times...but I've found a few tricks.
One, which is temporary (oh, please! Let it be very temporary!) is reading to my son while he sits on his little potty. We're in the midst of potty training at the moment so I think we may be spending a lot of time in the bathroom for a while. Plus, he's a boy...so he needs to sit still (at first...I'm not ready to take on the standing and peeing yet), so stories do well to keep him occupied...and still.
Another reading time I've found that is working well is lunch time. I usually eat after the kids have eaten and have gone up to their rooms for nap time or quiet time. So, while they eat their lunch, I bring out the books:
This, so far, has been the best time that I've found and the kids seem to enjoy their lunch time stories.
That being said, I'm still trying to get more dedicated reading time into our day. How do you work in reading time with your young children?