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Sunday, April 2, 2017
How Can We Raise Better Book Readers?
kids just took a statewide test in English. They are 9 and 12 and both like to read. But I still see how they choose television or
device time over curling up with a book.
Parents and teachers want children to enjoy the act of reading and to
grow into smart, avid readers. So how do
we raise strong readers?
are some factors to consider:
Show them you read often.
2.Talk about books
Ask them questions about what they read
and tell them about your books.
3.Give them choices
Have them know they can read anything they
want and encourage them to test out different genres.
4.Visit a bookstore
Browse what’s new and introduce them to
how to go about finding the right book.
5.Make trips to the
library as a family
Let them see that going to a place of
books is an event, a destination, and to appreciate the free availability of
all kinds of books.
6.Encourage them to read more often
Find times of the day or week to reserve
for reading. The more they read, the better
they’ll get at, and feel inspired to read more.
7.Real aloud -- or
encourage them to do so
Sharing in books in this fashion takes an
individual experience and turns it into a group activity.
8.Encourage them to
research what they read If a book’s
subject matter interests them, show them how to find more background info on
9.Show them how to
be inquisitive readers
It’s not enough to just read and take
writers at their word. Teach children to
raise questions and challenge what they read.
Illustrate how to be a thinker and not a mere follower or passive
10.Make reading an active experience
Have them record a list of what they read.
Encourage them to track time spent reading on a daily basis. Ask them to log their favorite passage. Let them notate words that pop up in the book
that they need to look up in a dictionary
Lastly, ask them to write a 200-word review of the book. The more you show you value their opinions,
the more likely they’ll feel like reading is worthy of their time.
are many benefits to reading. These
following reasons for why one should read books can be conveyed to your child
to inspire them to read more:
books makes you smarter.
become a better reader and student by reading books.
can stimulate our minds and turn us into analytical, creative, and probing
improve our vocabulary.
books helps us become better writers.
can give us exposure to things we don’t otherwise have access to or the
ability/permission to experience.
our books, we inform our worldly views.
help us form our identity and sense of self.
can challenge our beliefs.
of all, time with books means less time for watching television, surfing the
web, bullying, addictions, social media, and many other poor behavioral activities. Learn the habit of loving books!
books offers a wonderful escape.
enhance our imaginations.
allow us to relax.
can model good behavior and inspire us to greater heights.
can show us coping mechanisms for life.
young readers about the content in the books that they consume is a really good
way to deepen their engagement with books.
the book about?
characters do you like or hate? Why?
it present new ideas to you?
it challenge or support your assumptions or values?
does it compare to other books that you read?
the book make you feel anything?
would you say to the author if you could meet him or her?
world of books is the only one I care to exist in and I will do my best to
encourage my kids to feel passionate about books. But it takes time and effort. Don’t give up if your children don’t seem as
enthused about books as you are. They
just need time and experience to see how wonderful books can be. Reading books is what life’s all about.