Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing." Harper Lee

I have read the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee over a dozen times.  It never gets stale...maybe it's her writing style or her character development.  I mean who wouldn't have wanted the pleasure of knowing Atticus Finch or his daughter Scout. 

Scout sums up the blessing of being able to read in one short quote, "Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.  One does not love breathing."

As adults, we know the importance of being able to read and write and communicate, but how do we show that to our children?  Children know they are expected to read and write in school to get passing grades and to pass standardized tests and because of that, I think many children look  at reading as a chore... something long, and  hard, and boring.   As homework! So the question is how do we show them that reading is something engaging and exciting and active?  One simple way is to let your children see you read and to read along with them. If we can help to foster a love of reading for our children that love, that interest, will help them to realize how wonderful reading really is. It will no longer be looked at as a chore, but as a form of enjoyment! Once children unlock the mystery of how great and wonderful the world of reading is, they'll be hooked for life. It can become something so wonderful that the fear of losing it would make them want to do it all the more!

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