by Ruth Thompson
The new year is a popular time to think about what you want to change about yourself, whether it be health-related goals, exercise goals or changing other habits. This new year on social media I saw many people posting ‘favorite book’ lists; asking for book recommendations; and listing books they want to read in 2019. This got my reading-teacher wheels turning!
CMDS 4th Graders created their own 2019 read-olutions – or reading resolutions – upon returning from Christmas break. We learned that a resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something. We also talked about attainable goals as well as goals designed to stretch and improve you.
Fourth graders enjoyed setting some lofty goals for the year. Some examples include finishing the Percy Jackson series, reading different genres of books and reading all of the unread books on the shelf. I challenge all families to create some read-olutions as a family. Don’t be afraid to set individual goals for each family member; even the youngest of your family’s readers can participate!
Here are some tips to attaining your family’s reading resolutions in 2019:
- Set attainable goals. If you or your children only read a few books last year, then set your goal just above that. Success is key to motivating children to become lifelong readers.
- Let your children know what your goals are and let them actually SEE you reading. So many times parents are reading on electronic devices, and our children don’t even know that we are actually reading. They just think that we are looking at social media or checking email. Let your children see you reading a good, old-fashioned paper book.
- Make reading resolutions visible in your house. Display goals and track progress using a poster, chalkboard, Google document or reading journal.
- Read in the daylight, not just before bed. Make a habit of reading at times when you will not be tempted to fall fast asleep as soon as you start reading.
- Join or start a book club. You could even start a book club for your child and some of their friends, and all read a book together. You would be amazed at how motivating it is for children to read the same book their parent is reading.
- Don’t be afraid to abandon a book you’re not enjoying. You can always come back to it later … or maybe never? Knowing when to stop reading something that does not work for you is part of being a good reader.
- Never be without a book or reading material. Carry reading material wherever you go. At the doctor waiting? Pull out a book. A few minutes before basketball practice, pull out a book! And don’t forget to bring some along for your child too! (I did say to read a real book whenever possible, but an e-reader or Kindle app is a great way to always have a book for your child to read in a pinch. Maybe try a picture book instead of a movie or iPhone while waiting at the doctor’s office).
- Use the Libby app from the Memphis Public Library. There is a whole world of free and recently published literature, for free, just waiting to be downloaded to your Kindle.
- Branch out of your usual genres. Explore types of books that you don’t usually read.
Enjoy setting some new read-olutions and escaping into the great, wide world of books in 2019!
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