What Every Parent Ought to Know About Reading Part 1

by Queenie on April 1, 2010

Image of QueenieI can see your face now, its completely smeared with confusion and in your head your thinking

“I get it, I already know exactly why reading is important.”

You think I am going to say that reading is fundamental. Come on! Give me a little more credit than that, I know that you know reading is fundamental.

But here is what you may not realize:

drumroll please….

A lot of people can read, but (and its a big but)

they don’t maximize this gift beyond reading signs and menus.

Not only is reading fundamental, reading fundamentally shapes the way your children think.

Here is what I am saying: merely having your child read the latest best seller ain’t gonna get it. I admit, any reading is better than no reading at all and your child will definitely increase their vocabulary. But that’s not enough.

Reading to read just isn’t good enough.

You have to be strategic in giving your child the opportunity to read texts that challenge their thinking and impels them to ask questions, and lots of them.

Just remember that there is an author behind every book and that each book that your child reads is giving your child insight into the author’s thinking, creativity and imagination.

As your child reads the words off the page they are grappling with bits of thought that the author has found to be important. As you and your child choose books at the library or bookstore, choose a book that will challenge their thinking and push there creativity.

I can see that the look on your face has changed to curiosity and now your thinking about all of the books, authors and stories that you want to expose your child to.

Happy Reading!

Queenie Lindsey is an academic coach and educational consultant. She is the founder of Tandem Teaching and Distinguished Learning Group, an academic coaching firm. Follow her on Twitter.

{ 1 comment }

JoVE April 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Of course, if your child struggles with reading, they can still be exposed to those ideas through read alouds. Or even if your child reads well. I still read aloud to my 12 year old and we often read things that might be challenging for her in some way to read alone. That way she can concentrate on challenging ideas, ask questions, etc.

And I get exposed to stuff I haven’t read, too.
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