Creative Ways (and Places) to Read!!

 

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It’s September and school is in session, which means it’s time for the excitement of classroom learning with fellow students. This can mean a number of things: schedules, responsibilities, after-school activities, in-class learning, homework, and much more. Most of these involve various type of reading. It can be as simple as reading “BOYS” or “GIRLS” on the door to the restroom, “OFFICE” where the operation of the school begins, “CUSTODIAN” that houses all the needs and supplies for keeping the school tidy and safe, and numbers on classroom doors. Every sign has a meaning and a purpose. All require reading and understanding.

Once inside the numbered classroom, the need for reading expands tremendously, and continues much of the day. Then a bell rings and school time learning ends and learning at home can begin. Much of this is spoken and guided by parents, but the private and personal learning by the child is expanded by their activities and their personal choices of reading.

Interests in reading is helped by special considerations and encouragement that goes beyond the required reading of homework. It is encouraged by a quiet, special place. One child may like reading propped up in bed. Another may prefer reading at a desk. But there can also be unique, private reading places such as a homemade tent created from a sheet or blanket that is propped up at the center with a stick, broom, or even a vacuum sweeper so it can’t fall over. Then add a flashlight and you have a very private camp-out reading place to enjoy.

The book that’s chosen may be one that was a gift or that was checked out at the library. It could be an animal tale, an adventure story, or one that shares an author’s amazing imagination. And for an hour or so, your child is in a private world of learning and envisioning for the sheer pleasure of it. The teacher may have asked that the students read the assigned book for 20 minutes, but this homework has been finished and now it’s time for “camp-out” reading for personal fun. This can be the beginning of a lifetime of reading for pleasure, entertainment, curiosity, and to stimulate writing, imagination, and expanding personal interests. It is a valuable and encouraging beginning for increased curiosity and thought. One unique “self-expanding” book is READING IS FUN! IMAGINE THAT!

This two-time award winning children’s book is unlike any other written and offers both imagination and fun in a way that children can enjoy again and again. They are encouraged to respond with their own reactions and creativity. The stories involve Artwork, Construction Activities, Creative and Imaginative Thinking, Decision Making, Planning Ahead, and Self-Awareness. And each story invites children’s thoughts with suggested activities. They also have opportunities to expand their vocabularies with 13 to 16 words that may be new to them. It reminds them of what they have just learned, and explains words they have read which have other meanings as well.

Once you know the interests and curiosities of your children, it is easier to know the kind of books they will thrive on. Each book can extend their interests and encourage the love of reading and discovery. Each could expand their love of reading and the pleasure of learning.

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