October 13, 2013
DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE BOOKMARK
Linda M. Penn
Do you feel a bit of guilt when you read with a child and you don’t finish the book in one sitting? Well, shame on you for feeling guilty! Finishing the book should not be your goal when you read with a child.
I admit I have had that drive to get to the end of a book at all costs. As a former teacher, I understand that urgency for teachers to cover that certain amount of curriculum in a certain time frame. Plus, teachers are always trying to do miracles and improve those pesky test scores! Even parents, grandparents, and others may feel they are not being good role models unless they finish a book in one sitting.
Please don’t be afraid of using a bookmark! One of the most important goals of reading with a kid is to make it an enjoyable experience, a “quality time” experience.
The bookmark becomes a great option when these types of events happen:
Remember the most important thing about a reading experience is to enjoy reading!
By the way, good new, bad news. Good news – 600 people have signed up to be Every 1 Reads volunteers. (See my September 13, 2013 Blog “It’s Time Part 3” for more information about Every 1 Reads) Bad news – the goal was 1500 volunteers. Okay, the rest of you 900 people who haven’t signed up – what are you waiting for?
To all the bosses everywhere, how about allowing your employees a 2 hour lunch break once a week so they can volunteer at a nearby school?
To parents, grandparents, and friends of private school children, how about facing that intimidating feeling you might feel about walking into a public school? A kid’s life could be made better because of the attention you give them for a mere 30 minutes a week.
NEXT MONTH’S BLOG - “WHO PICKS A BOOK TO READ – YOU OR YOUR CHILD?”
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