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September 8, 2013

SET THE STAGE
By
Linda M. Penn

Do you enjoy reading? Does your child ever see you reading – not just something for work, but for pleasure? Okay, hopefully you find fun in reading entries on your Facebook page, and no doubt, your child knows when you are reading on Facebook. I’m sorry if I offend you, but in my opinion, Facebook reading does not qualify as “pleasure” reading.

For me, “pleasure” reading involves reading a book, magazine, or periodical that you WANT to read, not because you feel you MUST read it.

How can we expect our kids, grandkids, or students to enjoy reading if we don’t SHOW them that reading is a pleasurable activity? So, setting the stage for reading with your young one begins with your attitude. Pulling and dragging your kid to the couch and saying, “Come on, Susie, it’s time to read,” may not be the best approach! Try a softer approach please – “Susie, it is your time to shine!” Don’t forget to SMILE!

Here is a list of suggestions for setting the stage before reading:

  1. Go to a quiet, comfortable place with your child. Turn off the TV. Let the answering machine pick up the phone.
  2. Block from your mind whatever personal issues you may have. Focus on your child one-on-one.
  3. Set a mutually agreed upon time frame for your reading. Obviously, the very young kids (ages 2-5) can’t sit still for as long as early readers (ages 6-8). Even older kids (ages 9-12) who are reading on their own enjoy that one-on-one time with you.
Possible time frames:
Ages 2-5 - 10 minutes
Ages 6-8 - 10 to 20 minutes
Ages 9-12 - 20 to 30 minutes
Please share in the Comments section below your experiences/suggestions.
In closing, sure hope your “OATH AGAINST TEACHER BASHING” is going well! (See my Blog of August 11, 2013) Also, hope your volunteering at a school has begun! (See my Blog of July 16, 2013).

Come back next month for my Blog – “Don’t Be Afraid of a Bookmark.”

Copyright 2013 Linda M. Penn, All Rights Reserved

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Lisa on Friday, September 13, 2013 1:02 PM
Believe it or not but kids love routine. We've made it a bedtime routine to read at least for 10 minutes each night. After brushing teeth then sitting in bed together reading. My son enjoys reading to me as much as I enjoy the alone time bonding with him. Best thing about it is that if I forget, he always reminds me that it's time to read! We've got several books sitting right beside his bed that he can choose from every night. Change them out once a week with old books or new books that you've bought as a surprise! Thanks Mom- We've got our stage set!
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