Fostering a Love of Reading

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?

2 thoughts on “Fostering a Love of Reading

  1. I don’t know if I’m even supposed to be on this site, or if it is supposed to be just for y’all’s family. But I care so much about reading that I am going to pipe up anyway. I was extremely blessed that my father was a college English professor and my mother was a social worker with great love of poetry and literature. Our house was full of books and reading and writing were table talk.
    I wasn’t aware or grateful at the time, and in fact dropped out of college at 19, fed up with academia. I pursued a career in music, but decided to leave that when, at 30, it was not really panning out and the lifestyle was getting old.
    But, with no college degree and no training in journalism, I was able to work, first part-time and later as a career, at a newspaper in a state capital. What I drew on was the atmosphere of books and writing in which I had been raised. The editors were wary at first, but I caught on quickly and have made journalism my career for nearly 30 years.
    I believe students need higher education and I wouldn’t advise anyone to follow my path. I only mention my story because I believe that enriching kids’ lives by reading to them, having a bedtime story every night, having plenty of books in the house from whatever source, serving as a living example by reading yourself — it’s a way of life that pays off in so many ways.
    And I totally agree that families should talk about books, even argue about them, point out good ones and, if you notice someone reading a book that requires some explanation, providing that explanation.
    I also agree that kids shouldn’t have reading quotas. If they are in an atmosphere that warmly supports books and reading, you won’t be able to drag them away….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *