Do You Worry Because Your Children Prefer Screen Time to Reading Time?
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How We Encouraged Our Children to Read
- I read to our kids all the time and we talked about the books we were reading.
- When I knew my middle grade son could read a book but he'd rather I read it to him, I'd start reading it aloud and when I got to an exciting part, I'd remember something important I needed to do and he'd then finish the book himself.
- I had books on topics that matched the children's interests visible where the children liked to hang out -- handy to pick up and read.
- For every birthday and Christmas, I'd take the children to a children's bookstore and let them pick out two books they wanted for their own. They prized those books they'd picked out and often read them.
- I took the children to the library often and we'd all pick out books.
- My husband and I both read for pleasure, thus modeling the behavior we hoped our children would pick up.
Newton's Suggestions for Turning Your Kids on to Books
Why Is Reading for Pleasure Important?
- Reading reduces stress.
- Reading makes people smarter.
- Reading helps develop empathy.
- Reading helps teens sleep better.
- Reading prepares teens for college and the workplace
- Reading helps connect the generations.
- Reading may help people live longer.
Encouraging Older Children and Reluctant Readers to Read for Fun
Newton offers suggestions for helping these children learn to enjoy reading. She also addresses how to encourage children who read below and above their grade levels. She explains to parents the various measures of reading levels and what they mean. She addresses vision problems and how to solve them. She also discusses social pressures, such as being labeled a "nerd."
Here are some suggestions for high interest fiction and biographies for secondary students in middle and high school who are reading below their level. I thoroughly enjoyed the biographies myself and read almost the entire Creative Minds series when I used to sell these books.
If you want to get your children interested in history, try these highly visual books which bring American History to life for all ages
What Counts as Real Reading?
Newton's Family Reading Project
- Help her teens and preteens become self-motivated independent readers
- Increase reading of any long-form text, such as articles, blogs, magazines, etc.
Newton encourages parents to model reading for pleasure and to help make reading enjoyable for their children. She suggests ways to make reading a social activity, since teens love to be with their friends.
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But just as we encourage our children to eat healthy foods, we should encourage children to read books that will build healthy values rather than destroy them. I would let children pick the books they prefer to read from a collection the parent has screened. Your children tend to form attitudes and values from the books they read just as they do from the shows and movies they watch.
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So many wonderful and uplifting books are available that can encourage a child's spirit and feed a child's soul in a constructive way! These books, too, are full of action, romance, mystery, and adventure, yet their characters solve problems in a constructive way, have healthy relationships and aren't afraid to turn to adults to help them over rough places. They show there is an alternative to darkness and despair and that drugs and sex aren't necessary ingredients in having fun.
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How do you get your children away from their screens and into books?
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