Reading with your children is a great activity to do. It is frugal, fun, educational, and calming. We read to/with our children every night and also throughout the day when we get a chance. It is a relaxing thing to do together and they enjoy it very much. My children are not great readers and it was a struggle when my oldest was in grade one to get her to practice reading every night. But it was worth it. Now that my children our older they will sometimes read on their own (usually with our encouragement). Yesterday it made my heart sing to watch as my oldest read a story to her sister.