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-- 23 Oct 2012, 15:08 --
great article! Very true. I find that what works for my children is having a dedicated time each day for reading. They are young, (under 10 years) so the reading time is not long at all, 10-15 minutes a day.
Really just getting them into reading early is the key factor I believe and also you're definitely correct about not pushing it on too much!
It's shocking the amount of people I run into who can't pronounce words for the life of them, and no one will teach them quickly how to work it out. They just automatically correct the word.. Sad really.
Now, this is a story my father read to me and my brothers when we were young...
Whenever I asked him to tell me this one again, or to tell more of that one, he would direct me to the book it originally came from (or was based on). He read before he went to sleep every night so we would sit together and read for a while before bed.
Eventually, I started finding books on my own, and have been an avid reader all my life thanks to him. To this day we recommend books for each other, as we both love fantasy, mystery and other similar genres.
Just be active in getting your kids interested in stories. Tell them a story or read to them before bed. Kids pick up on what you like to do, so if they see you reading, and you include them, they`ll always think about the activity as a positive thing.
We couldn't read them(until we were about 6 or 7), so our mother read them to us. My mother got very animated,
changed her voice for each character, and laughed whenever winnie the poo(or whoever the star was) got his hand
stuck in a honey jar. My brother and I couldn't wait for the next reading. Our earliest associations with books was very positive. We had our mother to thank for that. I'm not a pre-school teacher, but I think there has to be alot of rapport
between children and teachers(more than at any other time in their lives) If you're indifferent or quick to find fault
a child will lose interest pretty quick. My 4th grade teacher dressed in costumes when we had reading class. Each costume represented the theme of the book. It was a brilliant thing to do. If my father had been in charge of Reading
Morale we would probably have run away from home and joined the circus. And made the clowns read to us.
Why not: Because crazy people don't think they're crazy.
I don't have children, but my niece was always in front of the TV since 1 or 2 years old. Now she is 5 and she can't read or write. She also can't focuse her attention for a long time (more than 15 minutes).
In my family, we suffer from migraines and epilepsy. I can watch TV, but going to the cinema or playing video games is very difficult.
I'm really scared for children when I heard we can give them tablet computers, or cell phones when they enter kindergarten.
We have to think about their health when their young, but also later on.
The truth in masquerade."
Lord Byron, Don Juan
When kids are older I think it is important to let them read what they want to read. My brother had a whole series of books about kids playing sports that he was really into. It doesn't matter if it's not high literature; just the act of reading will help kids learn. I tutor SAT prep and I try to suggest books for my students to read that I think will interest them. It's important for them to be exposed to new vocabulary and I think they can get that from almost any book. When I was a kid I read Archie comics and I learned a ton of new words from those.