My kids love books. It’s really a good thing, with the possible exception of having to have so many bookshelves. Tonight we pulled out some packed up books that B3 will be using this coming school year. I’m not sure who was more excited about it, B3 is so eager to start school and learn how to read but B1 & B2 were thrilled to see some of their beloved books make a reappearance. Homer Price, Charlotte’s Web, Missionary Stories with the Millers, and Detectives in Togas, they were some of their favorite read-a-louds. If I were to be honest, I would say that reading a-loud is one of my favorite things to do in school. No one is too old to be read-a-loud to by the way. My independent readers still love for me to read them books.
Our reading policy is pretty relaxed here. I don’t require them to read a certain amount each week. We read in school, we read the Bible daily, I read to them, and they read on their own other times. It works for us. Over the years there has been a big push to require your children to read a certain amount each day, I know it was that way when B1 was in kindergarten. Make a list, try to read a certain number of books per year, win a pizza or something. I find that it takes the fun out of reading, I think if you foster a love for reading none of that is necessary. Read good living books, talk about them, read them together taking turns, fill your home with good wholesome books, these are the ways that we foster reading here. Don’t make it about how many books you can get through. Make it about how many stories you can delve into, how many characters you can examine, let the stories evoke emotions and then talk about them.
How do you foster reading in your home?