KT recently took his SRI test at school. This reading assessment provides teachers with researched based data regarding a child's reading abilities.
He was really excited that his score increased 125 points. I was happy too! Usually, that means a reward of a book but we have too many Wait, can you have too many books? As a reading/English teacher I pushed literacy in my home before my son was born. I've always encouraged him to read. We've spent countless hours reading together.
I would set up reward programs to encourage him to read. If the novel had a movie available and he read the book, I would purchase the dvd or take him to the theater. I would often times check out the same book he was reading or read the chapters after he finished and discuss them over dinner. We even raced to finish the same books :)
It has been a while but occasionally I read pictures books to him on a lazy day or I'll ask him to read me a book or chapter from his current read. For me it is about maintaining a love for literacy so that my son will be equipped to be successful in other classes and courses throughout his academic career.
I can't emphasize enough the connection between reading and math and science and social studies. I've spoken with numerous math teachers and we all agree that if a child is a good reader they have a lead on performing well in math courses.
Despite what statistics report there are African American children reading. I spend a lot of time in the library and see parents with their kids. There are young black males who love reading more than just gaming magazines.
I've included pictures of some of our favorite reads. I hope you'll read a few of them with your family. Challenge your kids in creative ways to read. Share your ideas here with me and my readers. What are some books you enjoy sharing with your child(ren)?
The Library Mom,