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Reading Into Things

A recent research study released by Common Sense Media reveals that our kids aren’t reading enough. Whether it’s because we’re too busy running around (see my thoughts on that here), they’re too busy watching some sort of screen, or both, it does seem  that kids are far too reluctant to sit down and read.

That’s too bad, especially since there are so many good books for kids. Not just ours (though we think they’re pretty darn good, too). But think about some of the amazing characters and stories you came to love as a kid. Here’s a couple classics to revisit…

  • Mr. Men and Little Miss – Remember them? The cute circular characters like Mr. Happy and Little Miss Sunshine were silly, clumsy, naughty and all kinds of fun.
  • Dr. Suess – With kids reading less, what would he think? Dr. Suess would call it a mess. A mess that just stinks!

These are just two examples among the countless options available to kids and the adults who care about them. And what’s really great is that it’s not all that hard to set the tone early.Take the Mr. Men and Little Miss books. It might take five minutes to get through Little Miss book, but then you’ve introduced your child to a whole new cast of characters that extend the story well beyond the book.

At our house, we like to make up our own characters based on these books and then create new stories. A five minute sit-down has given us hours of imagination and conversation. Along the way, we’ve seen our kids flourish in both reading and verbal communication, which is very satisfying. But more importantly, we’ve gotten to know our kids in new, different, and fascinating ways. Sure beats watching them watch a screen.

Here’s an article worth reading, about how to get your kids reading.

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