R.V. Doon

Reading Amnesia or Reading Fervor: Raise Your Kids To Love Reading

Examples of reading amnesia = Say what? You mean it’s not texting? Bring books home, what for?

Examples of reading fervor = Two more weeks and the new book comes out, mom. Can we pre-order? I can’t go to bed until I finish this book. Tell her, I’ll call her back, I’m reading!

What do you call a quarterback that can’t read the playbook? Ans. There is no such thing. It’s not always about having the talent; it’s about knowing and understanding playbooks, which by the way include words as well as diagrams.

Back to books: There is really no point in writing if there isn’t a reader at the other end of the line. So, it’s up to writers and readers to pass on the love of story to their children. Parent’s don’t leave this to the schools.  Let the teachers show them how to hone and craft the words, parents need to infuse the love of reading early.

Yeah, I can hear a crowd groan. You don’t have time. Who does?

Well, rethink that idea. The underlying principle for all the major tests a child will ever take is reading comprehension. If they can’t read fast or understand the meanings of words, they make lower test scores.  Reading is the core fundamental score, not math. I’m proud of both my sons, I can say with full confidence they got their love of reading from their parents. One prefers non-fiction and the other prefers fiction. But they’re both excellent readers, and their reading comprehension scores (which I saved) prove it. Here are a few of my tips, please comment and add yours.

When you pick up a book to read to your child, please put it down if you’re attitude is around -10. A kid picks up on the fact that you don’t want to read, ergo, reading is bad and asking you to read to them is worse. < This creates reading amnesia. But, if you get all excited and act happy if your child asks you to read and rub your hands with glee.  <This creates reading fervor. Make reading the best part of their day and even if you’re tired, you’ll start to look forward to it as well.

When they’re young, read like an actor would. Vary your voice, giggle in the right spots, and in general act as amazed as the kids are by the story. In other words, find your lost inner child and ask him/her to read out loud because reading is fun. <This creates reading fervor. If you read in a dull monotone and act like you’d rather be watching DWTS < you’re creating reading amnesia.

Never punish your child by excluding book reading! < Creates reading amnesia. Take away TV or games, never books or outside play.

When you walk through a store and you weren’t shopping for them do this. If your child wants candy-say no, if they want video games-say no, if they want toys-say no, but if they ask for a book–skid to a stop and say absolutely. Buy it then and there! No joke, if there’s one way a kid learns the importance of books it’s when they see parents lay cash down without an argument. < Creates reading fervor.

Definitely, get a library card. <Creates reading fervor. Dropping your child or the whole brood off in the library for staff or patrons to baby sit, <creates reading amnesia. It tells them it’s not an important place to you. Yeah, don’t get mad at me and claim otherwise. Your actions do not equal developing the love of reading. The majority of the kids dropped off in libraries for baby sitting purposes act like they’re in detention. And, they are.

Put a book shelf in your child’s room and fill it with books. When they’re older ask which character they liked, or what part made them laugh. <creates reading fervor. If they never see a book at home or you reading < reading amnesia occurs.

Special tip for boys: They will quit reading in middle school if you don’t spring into action. Sports gives them reading amnesia unless you intervene. Best bet is to go to a bookstore and ask the older boys hanging around for recommendations. If you’ve raised a reader, they’re probably above grade reading level comprehension. Boys love Sci Fi/Fantasy books/Adventure stories.  Series work best. Sorry, I can’t speak for girls on this, please send comments if you know.

I love ebooks but when it comes to children stick with what they can hold in their hands and turn  the pages on. Once they’re addicted to reading, ebooks are great.

As an adult, it doesn’t get any better than when one of my kids say, “Mom, I read a great book last week. Check it out.”  Yes, that’s a true priceless moment. Raise a reader, not a whiner.  Comments section is open.



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