Raising readers

There is an old story, possibly apocryphal, about a woman who kept careful notes on child rearing with her first child. She wrote down what worked and what didn’t. When her second child came, she decided her notes were useless and wrote a new set of notes. By the time she had a fourth child, she decided to stop taking notes, because they did not help at all. In spite of this, I am going to make a suggestion about how to raise a child who reads.

My twelve-year old grandson is a reader, having read an impressive number of books. His parents read to him of course, but there was more to it than that. They showed him the Harry Potter movies and read the first few books to him. Of course they never read it fast enough for him, making him want to  read ahead. They let him watch the Lord of the Ring movies before they encouraged him to read the books. Later they would not let him see movies until he read the book.

It worked for my grandson.

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