The Joy of Reading

Reading is essential. It doesn’t get any simpler than that. Whether you are silently reading or reading to someone else, reading can keep your mind thinking, introduce one to language, and can be a lot of fun too. It is a skill that enables one to study, learn, interpret and challenge information presented to3843 him. Everyday functions, like reading a recipe, understanding driving directions, or just reading a book or magazine are easier to do and make life less confusing and more manageable.

River started reading last year and now Lily is the newest reader in our family. To encourage her interest and improve her reading skills, she reads one book to the family everyday. She doesn’t read a novel, but instead we get early readers from the library because children go through those like an infant goes through baby clothes. Sometimes, she reads one of the board books I use to read to her, to Canyon. He enjoys a good read, Lily gets practice reading, and Canyon also gets to practice listening to language that will help him for when he begins reading too. This is a great way to keep them busy when I have to get some things done around the house.

If you have taught your child to read, then you already know the gratification of listening to and watching him read. If you are in the process of teaching your children to read, then I encourage you to keep going and if this isn’t the time, then you will know. I remember wondering if River would ever learn to read after starting so many times. He wasn’t really ready the first, second, or even the third time. One day, he just started reading and it all of a sudden made sense to him. What a relief to me.

There are many summer reading programs that encourage and reward children for reading during their summer break. Our local library has a program where the children record the books they read and at the end of the summer receive free books and recognition. The Old Schoolhouse introduced their summer reading program, last year, called Summer Reading Splash, which provided a lot of cool tips and encouragement for parents and weekly prizes, activity sheets, etc. for participating children. Once again, Splish will be splashing it up with another summer reading program this year.

Barnes & Noble is also promoting Summer Reading w/Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, which requires the child to read eight (8) books of his choosing and journal about what he has read. This event starts May 26th and runs through September 7.

Another program of interest is the Beach Bag Book Club, offered through CurrClick, which begins June 4th and runs through the end of July.

Whether you participate in a structured read-a-thon or decide to go it on your own, open a book, and cuddle and enjoy the time spent with your children.

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  • Comment from Rana

    This will be the second year we do the summer reading club with our library. The kids like it they get to read their favorite books and get prizes too.

    There is nothing better than curling up with a good book.


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