5 Days of Raising Readers

5 days raising readers
The quote “readers are leaders” seems to be a corruption of something Harry Truman (33rd President of the United States) said:

Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.

I’ve never met a parent, homeschooler or not, that didn’t want their child to love reading. Even parents who didn’t particularly love reading themselves seem to instinctively know that reading gives a child an advantage in life. And what parent doesn’t want their child to be a leader? Isn’t that our goal: to raise future adults who will lead, who will change their world?

There have been studies that tell us that vocabulary is the greatest predictor of later academic success. One of the best ways to increase vocabulary? Yes, reading.

Other reasons to encourage reading: reading helps you travel the world, and periods of time. Reading introduces you to historical figures and events. Reading can be a solace during illness or loss. Favorite books become like friends or family.

So, now that we’ve dealt with “Why”, we’ll spend the next four days talking about the “How”:

Day 2: Be a Reader Yourself

Day 3: Books Should Be Accessible (plus bonus tips for teaching phonics)

Day 4: Be Together (thoughts on reading aloud)

Day 5: Be Delighted

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  1. These are great reasons to help our children learn to love reading! Thanks for sharing.