Getting my kids to love reading like I do was harder than I thought it would be. I just assumed because I love to read, they would. But it wasn’t that easy.
First I had to teach them to read, which turns out to be not as much fun as it sounds. Then, I listened to them read as they painstakingly sounded out words with dramatic pauses between each one. It took everything in me to keep from shouting out the words for them. Finally, they were ready to read on their own. Now they are taking off and excited, wanting to get new books all the time and not just brand new readers to be reading.and anymore. The only problem is I suddenly realize I can’t turn them loose in the library. Not all the books there are what I want my
As many times as I read the good stuff to my kids and point them toward my childhood favorites in the library, they’ll still inevitably bring home a Mary Kate and Ashley book, clinging too it hopefully like it’s the best thing in the world.or a
Believe me I understand the allure of fluff reading. I do plenty of it myself. I love some good escape fiction, but I know they need a balanced reading diet. So I tolerate a few of those choices, but I also try to introduce them to the better books out there. And one of the best ways to do that is to read aloud to them.
What? You just got them reading on their own? Now you’ve got to start reading aloud all over again?
I think we do. I think our voices, our emotion carries through the words of the story and that excitement is catching. Often a book my kids wouldn’t dream of starting on their own, because it’s too thick or too boring looking, gets picked up and finished after I read a couple of chapters aloud.
Another option is audio books. One of our favorite things to do is get an audio book for a long trip. We have listened to The Chronicles of Narnia, The Sign of the Beaver and A Series of Unfortunate Events, just to name a few, and those stories have stuck with us and become family favorites.
The challenge of raising a reader doesn’t end once they can read on their own, it begins.
Melissa from A Familiar Path