5 responses to “Developing Your Child's Love of Reading”

  1. yvette

    When I was a nanny I would get the older kids to read to the younger ones.. The older ones loved holding court and the younger ones couldnt wait to be the ones sitting in thier chair..

    I remember going to the library with my dad too.. it was a block from our house.. I still call that Library “MY Library” 🙂

  2. nikkigreer

    I love this post!

    My mother took my brothers and I to the library every Saturday as children. I would always come home with a stack of books. Growing up in Florida, we spent so much time at the beach and my mother always worried about sun exposure. While at the beach, we had to come inside from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day which gave us plenty of time for reading.

  3. Joanne

    I, too, love this post! I wholeheartedly agree that all of my educational successes were because I loved to read. My brother is the most intelligent person I’ve ever met, and he is a voracious reader – and always has been. I can’t think of anything that my parents did or didn’t do with or for us when we were kids, except read. When we were babies/toddlers, we got read too. All the time. By everyone, mom, grandma, babysitter, whoever was around.

    Summertime, instead of going to summer camp on the beach like everyone else. The younger kids like myself got to play school camp where the bigger kids were our “tutors” and we did science and math and reading all summer. My grandmother was a retired school teacher by the time my brother and I were school age so she did our homework with us and made up all kinds of worksheets and workbooks for us to do in our spare time.

    I can’t recall whether we always got educational toys because we liked them or whether we liked them because they were given to us. But I do the same now to all the kids in my family. Every Christmas, I get the kids a “fun” toy. But, for their birthdays they get a “smart” toy – whether it’s a book collection (my favorite gift is to give the girls a collection of books that I loved – Dr. Seuss collection, Beverly Cleary, etc.) or a project type gift that forces them to build or create something, be artistic, etc.

    I love the ideas that you’ve shared here and I’m going to print this out for future reference! 🙂

    Thanks, Rosie and sorry for the looooong comment.

  4. Miz Hipster :)

    Your “friend” and I have very much in common with the poetry recitation- If was one of the poems my dad had me memorize out of the “best loved poems of the american people” book that his parents gave him in 1957 and I still often recite it to myself- probably my most favorite poem. I also memorized Casey at the Bat… Invictus… Oh Captain My Captain… and my dad would have me occasionally recite the poems for small gatherings of family/friends to practice public speaking :p

    Like you I was always trying to get away with reading at the table… and in the bath-tub… and when I was supposed to be asleep or studying… a love of reading is one of the best gifts parents can give/encourage in their children… I know Happy will pick it up fast between you and BF. 🙂 And in the meantime enjoy your story (and song) time together! Such sweet and precious moments.

  5. Summer of Intentionality | Rosie Molinary

    […] Every summer that he was growing up (maybe this started the summer before Kindergarten), his parents sat him down and said, “what all do you want to do this summer?”  And he would come up with this super list:  go to the local amusement park, check out a pro or semi-pro baseball game, have a friend spend the night, camp out, go to the beach, you know the stuff of little kids’ (and not so little kids’) summer dreams.  They then said, “what do you want to learn or experience this summer” and that list would read like: learn how to throw a football spiral, identify 5 insects, write grandma three times, read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, etc. Then his parents would add things like “Memorize Rudyard Kipling’s If”, “volunteer”, etc.  Next, they’d line up reward with experience.  Write your grandma three times, you can go camping, etc.   Those two lists hit the refrigerator and then it was up to my friend, by being intentional about how he spent his time, to make things happen.  If he did what was on the to experience list, he earned what was on the to do list.  Hence, more than a decade later, he still had If (a great poem for a kid to know) in his head.  Does it come as NO surprise that this friend is the one whose parents let him fall asleep reading? … […]

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