I’ve got to confess how much I LOVE reading Cellista’s homeschool blog! Her weekly reports always illustrate the wholesome, balanced nature of home school life, including not just school work, books, and academic projects, but family time, boy scouts, even cozy, Olympics-watching pajama parties! To see a recent example, click here: http://cellista.wordpress.com/2010/02/13/weekly-report-20-2/
You might say that my kids like to read. Check out these pictures!
Hanging out at home:
Alone in their rooms:
Reading with siblings:
Even reading with friends who come over to “play”
So people often ask me–“How do you get your kids to read so much?”
Here’s my secret:
Trelease’s Read Aloud Handbook is a parents’ guide (now being used as a teachers’ textbook by many colleges) that helps turn kids into avid readers, even if they are currently T.V.-addicted or unmotivated! Once we implemented his advice and strategies in our home–from nightly readings and strategic book-placings in the home to the more scientific “how to discuss books with kids in a way that makes them want to read more”–we noticed a huge change in our family as our children gravitated away from the television and towards books!
From Bauer’s book The Well-Trained Mind, we learned how children of the past were taught–you know, the kids who devoured books like they were candy, back in the days before television. Whether you are a homeschooler, or just a parent wanting to enhance their child’s public education, the Well-Trained Mind is THE must-have guide for how to instill a love of learning and a passion for books in your child.
If your child struggles with reading comprehension, try using these Writing With Ease worksheets, which help enhance a child’s reading abilities through writing! This ingenious book takes sentences and paragraphs from classic children’s literature and asks students to read, respond to, copy, or put into their own words the things that they read. This easy-to-use program (small, 5-minute exercises!) introduces so many great books to my children that I am constantly driving to the library to feed my daughters’ “hey–I want to read that book, too!” requests after each lesson. I HIGHLY recommend these worksheets to any parent whose child struggles with reading or is not motivated to read.