Reading is the key to unlocking a child’s potential. February is “I Love to Read Month” all across the United States and Canada. We at TIA would like to take this opportunity to encourage our students to read more as reading shapes your child’s future.
February is national “I Love to Read” month
Reading shapes who we are, and who we will become. As Oscar Wilde put it “It is what you read when you don’t have to, that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” From science fiction to history, growing children’s imagination and knowledge can help them to dream great dreams, and provide them with the hope to make those dreams a reality.
“We read to know we are not alone.” – C.S. Lewis
When children read about other people’s experiences, cultures, dreams, or struggles, they realize, as C.S. Lewis wrote “We read to know we are not alone.” Reading becomes a wormhole through other peoples experiences, leading us to new levels of ability and potential. It lets children experience a bit of the world around them without the expense of stepping out their front door.
Will Rogers said, “There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” Reading allows us to learn from other people’s mistakes so we don’t have to repeat them.
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald
Carol Bainbridge’s article, Top Five Ways to Foster the Love of Reading, lists five suggestions for fostering a love of reading in your children.
1. Supply Reading Material
Not just books, but magazines, too, can help keep a full stock of reading materials available to the budding reader.
2. Read Out Loud Together
As your children’s skills improve, you can take turns reading, but making this a fun activity will help increase their ability.
3. Visit the Library
This not only increases the available amount of material, but as the author mentions in the article, it communicates to children that reading is an important activity.
4. Include Notes with School Lunches
Short notes to young early readers may get them excited about reading.
5. Create Reading “Scavenger Hunts”
Notes written with clues to where other notes are hidden can be a fun game leading to a prize, and will reinforce reading as an important activity.
There are lots of good reasons to encourage your child to read, this month, and every month. Let’s do it!
Story by Christopher Porter ~TheJ3Effect