wow mammal mama - I guess i got you really upset. I'm sorry...
|I seriously can't comprehend a kid that doesn't like books.|
|I've seriously never met one unless there were also other issues like hyper activity due to watching too much tv, eating sugar etc. Not to say they don't exist, just sharing my experiences with working with many children over the years.|
|While I do think following a child's lead is good in some ways - we lean toward unschooling around here - I also think parents know what is best for a child in many ways too. I suggested introducing reading at 1 wk old or so because if it's introduced early enough then kids develop that attn span as they develop.|
"My favorite way to help a child develop attention span is to not distract him by showing him things when he is already doing something."
I used to think I knew more than my kids did, about what were the most valuable ways for them to spend their time. I'm glad that I started learning to see things through their eyes, instead of imposing my vision on them.
|I think why wait to intro them? They are such a fun thing to share!!|
Why wait to intro them? Since we have books all over our house, my younger child who didn't like being read to has been introducing books to herself, in her own way, for quite some time now. As well as hearing me read to her sister, and seeing me read to myself.
As far as the activism-aspect that KBecks mentioned, I think the best way to foster a love for reading in the future generation of parents, is for schools to stop having "assigned reading." Just take the kids to the library and turn them loose, let them check out whatever they want and spend all the time they want reading it.
Never penalize a child for being too busy reading to do homework (and, if you really want them to love reading, quit assigning homework at all and encourage them to spend their evenings exploring what interests them).
And let them spend lots of their classtime reading whatever catches their fancy -- whether it's a novel or a comic book. And don't penalize them for writing notes to each other during class -- since, as one librarian told me, "Writing is reading the other way around."
And if a child wants to spend her recess-time reading, let her, and don't worry that you have to make her "well-rounded." I was in second grade when I discovered how reading could take me into another world. I was miserable in school, so I tried to lose myself in a book as much as I could. But my teacher started taking my book from me as I headed out the door for recess.
Then my only outlet was to lose myself in an imaginary world, and I'd walk around among the trees at the edge of our playground, gesturing and talking to myself. Which made the kids think I was crazy, so the teachers put a stop to that by telling me I had to keep busy on the equipment, or else they'd force me into a competitive game ...
Of course, all this didn't kill my love for reading and imagining. But it did make me feel guilty whenever I enjoyed myself "too much" in these ways. It's hard to shake off that guilt, even today.