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Raising BookwormsStacy RosenthalReferencesRaising Bookwormsby Emma Walton HamiltonRead-Aloud Handbookby Jim Treleasehttp://www.trelease-on-reading.com/brochures.html
10 Facts You Should KnowREADING is the most important subject in school.ACROSS the world, children who read the most, read the best.WE humans are pleasure-seekers, doing things over and over if we like it.READ aloud to them, even as infants.LISTENING comprehension comes before reading comprehension.CHILDREN usually read on one level and listen on a higher level.THE top winter Olympians come from states where they have the most ice and snow.THERE is a strong connection between over-viewing of TV by children and underachieving in school.THE most economical device to teach reading is already in your home (closed-captioning TV).WHILE a recorded voice is not as good as a live adult who can stop and explain something in the story, its better than nothing.
Why Some Read a Lot and Some Read Very LittleRewardsPleasureEscapeInformationPrestigeGrades or SalaryDifficultiesDistractionsLack of PrintLack of TimeDisabilitiesNegative PeersNoise Level
READING:THE MOST POWERFUL SOCIAL FORCEThe more you read, the more you know.The more you know, the smarter you grow.The smarter you are, the longer you stay in school.The longer you stay in school, themore diplomas you earn and thelonger you are employed thusthe more money you earnin a lifetime.The more diplomas you earn, the higher your own childrens grades eventually will be in school.And the more diplomas you earn, the longer you live.
The opposite will also be true:The less you read, the less you know.The less you know, the more likely youll drop out of school.The sooner you drop out, the sooner and longer you are poor.The sooner you drop out, the greater your chances of going to jail.70 to 82 percent of prison inmates are school dropouts.60 percent of inmates are illiterate to semi-literate.READING:THE MOST POWERFUL SOCIAL FORCE
THE CONNECTION BETWEENTV & SCHOOL SCORES Children who viewed less than one hour of TV per day were the most likely to achieve a college degree, those who watched the most were least likely.Is there a safe amount of TV for children?The greatest academic damage done may not be from the shows viewed but by what is not being done during those many hours each week of sitting passively in front of the TV:games not played, chores not done, drawings not drawn, hobbies not worked, friends not made or played with, homework not done, bikes or skateboards not ridden, balls not caught, books not read, and conversations not held (the things that we used to do).Some parents call TV my babysitterbut if there were a babysitter who deprived your child of all those activities when they were younger, you would ban him/her from your home, wouldnt you?The TV-dosage recommended calls for ten hours per week.Research showed this amount had no detrimental effects on learning (and some positive effects) from TV viewing up to 10 hours a week, after which the scores begin to decline.
My kids are in high school. Is it too late to help them develop a love of reading?Ask your childs friends to make a recommendation since older children are more likely to read something recommended by a peerEnlist your childs teachers and librariansProvide books on your childs heroes and passionsTry nonfictionTry a little bibliotherapy to help your child deal with issuesBring home an assortment of magazines and library booksEngage their altruism (baby-sitting, Big Brothers/Big Sisters)Allow comic books and graphic novelsTry books and articles written by kidsPromote journalistic activities (even electronically)
Cementing the ConnectionsIn the HomeProvide a warm and inviting reading atmosphereSnuggle up together while you readKeep books everywhereBathroom, kitchen, living roomEnsure that an inviting Book Nook or Reading Corner is availableKeep your child enrolled in a Book-of-the-Month clubSurprise your child occasionally with an impromptu book giftNever withhold books or use them as a threatEncourage reading (rather than TV watching) in bedHelp your child keep his or her books well organizedBeyond the HomeVisit libraries and bookstores together as often as possibleEncourage the giving of books as giftsRecommend (or provide) reading selections for outingsInstead of iPodsInvolve your child inperforming & visual artsprogramsSee movies (or plays) based on booksJoin (or start) a book clubKeep reading with your childKeep setting a good example
Between homework, after school activities, sports, music lessons, and the like, my kid literally has no time to read!TryIn the bathroomOn the treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike at the gymWaiting for a ride home from school, practice, or rehearsalAt the hairdresserOn the school bus(or the plane if the student is going on vacation)Waiting for a doctors appointment