“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:
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.