Why had I let her meltdown, allowing her to cry and lose control of her emotions instead of just reading the book in the first place? Was I trying to be a firm-hand parent? Saying no for the sake of no, so she would learn she doesn't always get her way or what she wants? I don't know, but I felt awful the entire time she slept.
Kids + dogs + books = yes, please.
Almost nothing could entice my daughter to read simply for the pleasure of it. The year she turned thirteen, all of that changed. Now she reads close to eight hours a day. How did we get there? Here are three strategies that I believe significantly helped her fall in love with reading.
Get Caught Reading, in case it wasn't implied in the last tip. Be seen reading yourself. Read for pleasure; be the example. Like so many things in life, nothing could ever work quite as well as being their example.
Meet Gizmo, a 3.5-pound wonderdoglet on a mission to change the world one doggy hug at a time. During the very early stages of our journey, Gizmo exhibited a keen sense of people's emotions.
A retired public elementary school principal recently told me that the rule in education used to be that grades 1-3 were about learning to read. After that, it was reading to learn. But that's not happening today with the current emphasis on ELA skills through the Common Core State Standards.
Most parents know that kids should not abandon all learning during the summer lest they lose the reading, writing, and math skills they worked so hard to gain during the school year. While there is no need to turn summer into a version of summer homeschooling, summer is a good time to allow kids to learn in a less structured, more fun way.