One thing you may not know about me is I homeschool my kids. You know the part about homeschooling that overwhelmed and scared me the most?
It wasn’t teaching math, though it should have been. Teaching long division about did me in for my older two. Thank goodness I haven’t hit that stage yet with the younger two!
It wasn’t teaching them how to write, because I knew if they read, they would eventually fall in love with word.s
It was teaching them how to read. That. Was. Terrifying.
If I messed that up, nothing else would work…well, except for math, but remember long division? Ugh!
My undergrad degree is in political science and history. Nary a class in teaching reading. My law degree and MBA don’t help either. Yet somehow I have four kids who love books with a passion. The best bribe for any of them is the next book in a favorite series. And when your almost five-year-old begs to go to Barnes & Noble so he can get the next Magic Treehouse book to read, it’s hard to say no.
Many people would tell you reading is a dying art. That kids simply aren’t doing it. I don’t believe them.
I believe there are a host of kids who have never had an adult read to them before they hit school, and that makes me sad. I believe there are kids that have never discovered the fun of a novel read aloud to them with all kinds of goofy voices just for fun. I believe there are kids who would inhale books if someone would help them understand the mystery of how letters fit together to become words. And I know there are some kids who need extra help to have the mystery translated in a way that works for their brains.
But as I unpack yet another box of books, give away a second, and see the four large boxes of children’s books that desperately need a bookshelf home, I know and am so grateful that each of my kids delights in reading the written word. That is a gift no one can ever take away from them.
As an extra benefit, here are my kids favorite series:
the two-weeks-until-he’s-twelve year-old: Percy Jackson (really my husband, 15 and 12 year olds, and I love Rick Riordan’s Greek and Roman series), Andrew Klavan, Warrior Cats (I don’t understand), Gregor the Overlander, and anything by Brandon Mull.
the almost 5 year old: (yes, he is reading!) Magic Tree House in order of course, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and anything that I will read aloud to him…he has to read a paragraph every couple pages though.
What do/did your kids like to read?