Want to know how to help your kids love to read? Here are some clues:
It’s not the school district you live in.
It’s not having a particular teacher.
It’s not being a stay at home parent.
It’s not dependent on the parent’s education.
So many kids hate to read! They are capable and they can read, but they don’t (and many times when they do read, the quality of their books is dismal). However, their ability to become lifetime readers has a direct impact on their future careers and socioeconomic status. Plus, there are so many amazing benefits that can be gained from reading.
You can help your children develop mentally, emotionally, economically, and in a host of other ways by doing one thing. Read to them out loud.
That’s it! Children who are read to consistently, at all ages (don’t stop when your kids get out of grade school!), have a direct and proven advantage that leads to increased interest in the world around them, emotional intelligence, and income and upward mobility through the class structure.
That is why I tell everyone I know about Jim Trelease’s The Read-Aloud Handbook and Sarah MacKenzie’s The Read-Aloud Family. These are life-changing books. And if you invite me to a baby shower, I will give you at least one of them every. single. time.
Buy them. Buy them now. (You could get it from the library, but trust me–you will want your own copy!) Buy a million copies. Give them to everyone you know. Every parent, every teacher, every expectant mother. Anyone who is even thinking of having a baby. Seriously.
Jim and Sarah explain the science of reading, of how it improves peoples’ lives exponentially and how to get kids to do it. They have tons of time tested tips and tricks (including how to use your tv to get kids to read!), that have been used internationally. But the best one: Just read to them.
-Want your kids to score well on standardized tests? Read to them.
-Want them to have empathy? Read to them.
-Want them to have a good imagination? Read to them.
-Want to have a strong family culture? Read to them.
-Want them to have a great income? Read to them.
The list of benefits goes on and on.
“But,” you may ask, “WHAT do I read to them? There are so many dumb children’s books. Does it have to be ‘Captain Underpants’ that is so popular at school?” (I really hate those books.)
I’m so glad you asked! 😉 Because there are so many wonderful children’s books as well, and both books contain lists of well written books. They contain titles and summaries of books for children and adults of all ages. These books are all fabulous picks-you can’t go wrong. And, you don’t need to buy a thing, because your library is sure to have them.
I know I’m gushing, but just get these books and read them already! 🙂 And then you will have the same problem that I do . . . my kids take waaaay too long using the bathroom and they also don’t go to sleep on time because you guessed it–they are reading!
For more book suggestions, check out my book recomendations here.