February Literacy and Learning News
The Real Secret to Getting Kids to Read
Do you know what we mess up all the time?
Literature. Reading. Books. English. Whatever you want to call it.
Here’s why we mess it up: we think our kids have to read hard books. And maybe they should. Someday.
But if you have a child (or a few) who haven't fallen in love with reading yet, I'd argue that reading hard books should be waaaaay down your priority list.
Here's the truth: a child who doesn't love reading... won't.
And that's a much bigger problem than having a child who’s never read Watership Down.
A child who doesn't love reading becomes an adult who doesn't read... not hard books, not easy books, not anything. And we all know the demoralizing statistics about how many adults read actual books these days, right?
We do what we love.
That's just a fact. We do things that we find enjoyable and naturally rewarding.
So... if your child finds reading to be enjoyable and naturally rewarding, then---- win! The more enjoyable, naturally rewarding experiences you can give your child around books, the better.
Now, how to do that? Simple.
I've got lots of ideas (I mean, you do listen to the podcast, right?), but it all starts with the simplest thing:
Read an enjoyable book with your child. Not one that you think you *should* read or one that you think your child *must* read to have a good education. Just pick a book that seems fun, and read it aloud.
My booklist is packed to the gills with them. Have you checked it out? Flip through those booklists until you see a title that makes you think - YES! and harkens back to your own childhood, or otherwise gets your heart beating a wee bit faster.
And read that.
I haven't added anything because this is great advice!
Book Fair Feb 4th - 8th
Come and visit our school book fair! Great books at great prices. All profits from our book fair go to purchase books for our students. Shopping takes place each day at lunch 12 - 1 pm, after school from 3:00 - 3:45 and Thursday, Feb. 7th from 6 - 7 pm. You can also search our bookfair online and order there. Books will be shipped to school for free and delivered to your child.
Isn't my child too old for read alouds?
Never! Children - in fact, people - are never too old to have a book read aloud to them! Just think of the popularity of Audible, or books on CD or digital audiobooks. On one of our favorite family vacations, we listened to one of the Harry Potter books to keep everyone entertained on the long drive. Sharing a read-aloud book is a wonderful bonding experience! In the book The Reading Promise: My Father and Books We Shared, author Alice Ozma talks about the wonderful books she heard as her father read to her every night until she left for college!
Listening is also Learning
Listening to reading, along with the emotional bonding over stories, provides many skills that support learning at school. Children develop listening skills - a huge help at school. They are more motivated to engage with stories and texts. Students learn how to understand stories even before they learn to read them. Students build background knowledge that supports work at school. Listening to someone read provides a great model of fluency, too.