How many of you have felt the heartbreak of hearing your child come home one day declaring that they hate school? No one wants to watch the bright excitement in the eyes of their child dull to a muted flicker. So what do you do when something happens at school that threatens to steal away your kid’s love of learning and especially, reading?
1. Respectfully share your concerns with your child’s teacher to get all sides of the story on the table and see if you can work together to solve the problem.
2. Obtain a library card (if you don’t already have one) for you and your child and make frequent visits to this free book venue a regular part of your weekly to bi-weekly routine. Also, take part in library literacy programs that are appropriate for your child as often as possible (including, but not limited to summer reading programs).
3. Build a personal home library since the practice of providing books in the home has a long history of producing high achievers. Acquire used books in good condition as well as new to stretch your budget. Good sources include discount stores like Walmart, T. J. Maxx, Ross Dress For Less, and Walgreens. Amazon.com and other online sources can provide great savings and quality reads as well. You can also make great finds at Goodwill, Salvation Army, dollar stores and other budget conscious venues. Don’t rule out yard sales where you can often find books for pennies.
4. Treat your family and yourself to trips to Barnes and Nobles and other professional bookstores. While there you can comb the shelves and read books for free, enjoy read aloud presentations, pick up bargain books at greatly reduced prices to add to your home library and enjoy a treat at the snack bar. This will provide a marvelous, low cost family outing that your kids and you will enjoy!
5. Finally, set aside a special display space in your home to accommodate your library. It should have low shelves for easy access. You can use a regular bookcase, stacked crates, wooden boxes turned on the side or other sturdy containers. This will keep the books organized and help teach your child to appreciate and care for the printed word. Make sure you keep the books in good condition and add to the collection regularly to keep it fresh and your child’s interest high!
6. Books also make GREAT birthday and Christmas gifts so get the grandparents and other family and friends on board with stocking and replenishing that at home library!
Happy Book Trails to You!😀
~ Dr. Marta