Love of Reading
Almost everyone agrees that a love of reading is at the heart of learning. A child who loves to read usually loves to learn. He is also much more likely to be a self-learner–what should be the goal of a real education.
Granted, some children naturally love to read more than others. And we need to understand that and be OK with that, knowing that the non-readers have other gifts that should be allowed to flourish.
But as I’ve educated many children, with different strengths and weaknesses, (and gone back and forth about this) I’m pretty sure that rewarding children for reading is always a good thing.
And so we’re going to try a reading marathon this year, pulling “eligible”, age-appropriate books from our library.
I will give each book a point value and make a chart for each reading child to keep up with the books he has read.
At the end of the marathon, the points will be tallied. We will either give a cash prize or some other prize, determined ahead of time, for each point.
Ben Carson (who I am secretly hoping runs for President) said that even if a child begins reading just for the prize, he will likely develop a habit and begin to love it just for the sake of reading. I’m going to bet with him.
Also, creating a cozy place for reading, if possible, is a great idea. We have a play room with a bunk, and I’ve strung lights underneath the bunk, hung a front-facing pallet bookshelf with some cozy chairs/bean bags, hoping they’ll enjoy hanging out there with a book.
Let me know YOUR ideas about fostering a love of reading!