Why do you read?
It seems like a simple enough question with a reasonably simple few possible answers. But have you considered the fact that your own reading habits are affecting those of your children?
For instance, ask yourself the questions;
- How often do you read?
- Where do you read?
- And in what format do you read?
The reason for this post and these specific questions is my own experience with reading and with watching my own child’s reading surpass what his school can deal with.
I read daily and I do it in front of my son. I read in electronic and paper format. I talk about the fact that I’m reading if I am using my kindle so that he knows that I am reading. When I started reading in bed more, he took to reading in bed beside me. I noticed the school books he was bringing home were too easy and he was reading them too quickly and way before either of us wanted our reading time to stop. So I took him to a book shop (Waterstones) and I bought him novels. Real books. The Percy Jackson series. He zoomed through them. He is now on another Rick Riordan series. Some of the books he is reading have over 500 pages in and are larger than the books I read. A recent comment in his reading card from school was “There are some really difficult words in this book, but they are not difficult for ****”
My little boy has also been tested and his reading level has reached the top-level that the school records (it goes to year 6) and he is in year 5. He still has 18 months to go.
This post isn’t to brag, but to show the power of reading in front of children. The old adage of leading by example is true even in the respect of reading.
So consider the above three questions again if you have children. It’s not necessarily about reading to them, but by showing them the joy that reading brings to your own life, you can encourage them to copy what you do and in that simple act, they can gain their own pleasure from reading.
This post is part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge.