September 8, 2013
SET THE STAGE
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:
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.”
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