“The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I [haven’t] read.” — Abraham Lincoln
In this class, I was in the minority. Although I work in public education, my field was in special services and not direct teaching in the classroom. The struggle with that was how can I apply what I’m reading and what I’m learning in this class to my life and others lives. The answer came simple enough. I can inspire others simply by having a love of reading and sharing the love. I can start with my own family, or I can extend it beyond via cyber space. When I found a book, I talked, tweeted, blogged, facebooked it, anything to spread the love of the book wider. Some people bypassed it, others read it, and more so people started to ask questions about the book. Success! I can count a handful of people directly in my life that have read “The Station Series” simply on the act of promoting by recommendation. The cyber has opened a wide world both for readers and authors. When you tweet or blog and create an hashtag, it becomes an simple search (something I learned well). It can both be an positive or negative. In my case, it was postive because I was able to directly reach out to the authors of the book and they could/did respond to my posts. It was an instantaneous thing. Gone are the days, where you had to use snail mail and hope that it got to the address you found at the back of the book. Sharing our love, discontent or even questions about the book with the authors can inspire them as well. How? It inspires them to write more, to give us more materiel to read, love and share.
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald
In other area of my life, I plan to share the love of reading with my children. What better way to share the love by starting with your own children? Reading was not always an everyday thing. I would try to set time a few nights a week to read to my son when I tucked him into bed. I realized that this is not enough for him and more often than not, he would be asking him to read every night. I took up the challenge. I would read for ten minutes each night to him, no matter what. He would pick out a book, or I would suggest a book. Some nights, after tending to the day I would be exhausted and it would difficult, but I pushed myself to make time. I found that it became an enjoyable time to share with him. Some of the rare time I got alone with him. After some time, I found that my son would read on his own. When he was sent to play in his room, he could be found sitting on his bed with a book. “Quiet” time, also known as nap time to me was replaced from a toy to a book. He would read quietly, (looking at the pictures and the few known words to him) under his covers before he would fall asleep and nap. I think instilling a love of books can happen at any age even if your children are older. You could take them to the library and help them discover the resources or you could even get the black and white reading kindle in hopes of stirring up a secret passion. Having the right tools like the kindle and library card can sometimes be the right gentle push they need to begging their jounrey in reading. Honestly there are so many tips that could or could not work for your child and a simple interest search could help you. In my search, I found a few tips that I thought could apply. The Urthmama blog, http://urthmama.com/inspiring-kids-to-read-10-simple-steps/, has some great tips and I will share with my readers the first two tips before signing off, please click the link to read the rest.
“1) Read good books to your child from the time they’re babies. Sit with your child and read. Find books you can laugh about together. If a book is boring to you, then it’s probably boring to your child. There are so many fantastic children’s books on the market. There’s no excuse for reading bad books!
2) Make the books your child wants to read available in your home. A good book is subjective. Some kids love fiction, and others only want to read non-fiction. If your child wants to read comic books, let him read comic books. If she wants to read about ducks, then books about ducks are great. My point is: let a child learn to love to read by reading the books he loves.”