Raising Avid Readers
I’m thrilled to introduce new contributing writer Sheri, an impassioned educator and single mom to a wonderful son. Today, Sheri shares tips for raising avid readers:
In an age where technology is sprouting faster than the human eye can track it on Google, there’s no doubt that we’re raising a generation of tech savvy kids. But as exciting as these developments are, I’ve also seen a troubling trend regarding reading for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation: kids are growing up lacking an intrinsic love of books and reading.
The fantastic news is that there are many tangible ways to create, foster, and nurture avid readers. For kids to grow into avid readers, they must be given many opportunities to read - as much as possible and in a variety of ways. They must grow to appreciate all that reading offers. They must get excited about reading. Believe it or not, this is truly possible despite hectic schedules, and is one of the best gifts you can give your child. This is the gift that will benefit them in school and in life and is something they cannot outgrow as fads change. Books keep on giving!
Here are some tips from the perspective of an educator and mother of an avid reader. Try one or try them all. That’s the beauty of it; they all create a priority of reading for pleasure!
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