The 4 T’s: Tempting Our Children to Read More

These ideas are so simple, there’s almost no effort, except for number 4. They are really just places to intentionally put books into your child’s path. Access to books can make or break a child’s reading abilities and habits. The more good books we make easily available to them, the greater the chances they will pick them up and read them.

This photo was not manufactured for this post. It happened beautifully and spontaneously; this is the advantage of have books laying around everywhere (a nice way of saying the house was a mess!).
This photo was not manufactured for this post. It happened beautifully and spontaneously; this is the advantage of have books laying around everywhere (a nice way of saying the house was a mess!).

Jim Trelease, the read-aloud guru, has the 3 B’s to encourage more reading in your children. These stand for Books (giving kids ownership of their own books), Book basket (placing these in strategic places like the bathroom), and Bed lamp (so they can read at night if they choose to). Trelease’s website, Trelease on Reading, is a great place to find tips and ideas for reading with and to kids, and his The Read-Aloud Handbook is one of my most important resources when selecting great books to read aloud to my children. (I’ve mentioned it before here.)

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We have some ways at our house that we increase our children’s opportunities for reading. I’ve organized them into the 4 T’s for Tempting Our Children to Read More. Continue reading

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Nonfiction Text World

Mad, as in crazy, as in there’s a crazy amount of nonfiction texts out there, because there’s an incomprehensible and probably infinite number of topics that nonfiction texts can address! Nonfiction texts are how we keep learning new things at any age and how a new generation understands the world and learns to reach greater heights than the previous generation. Powerful!

It’s been awhile since the first nonfiction post–we had Spring Break and then I had a new class starting up that sucked up all my extra energy–so I don’t know where you are with the nonfiction challenge. Hopefully you have at least opened up to the idea of trying nonfiction with your kids.

What should you look for when you’re hunting nonfiction books? Continue reading