I want to share a little about why I put together this website. There are many resources on reading. Why another one on reading to children?
I have taught many students. I have taught many grade levels. I’ve taught reading. I’ve taught English as a Second Language. It is common for teachers to tell parents, “You need to read with your child.”
I’ve encouraged children who are learning English as a second language to read English books to their parents. Then they can learn too.
Why? Why is reading so wonderful?
I remember learning Spanish. I loved to read in Spanish. One of the reasons I loved to read in Spanish—not only because it helped me develop fluency in Spanish—but because the words were already right there. I didn’t have to come up with them or pull them out of my head. I could just read them on the page and practice pronouncing them.
But is that what reading is? Pronouncing words correctly?
Reading is meaning. It is getting meaning from the text.
So on this website I have provided information that will help you create meaning with a child. I also hope that by sharing this information you and your child can experience the pleasure of reading together.
Some of my best memories are of reading with my children. My sons still talk about reading together. When Ylsa, my Yorkshire terrier came along, she joined us too. In fact, she continued to sit with me on the couch in the evenings when I read, long after my sons were grown. Sometimes I had to pet on her while I read. She didn’t like me not to give her all my attention. Still, she joined me in reading.
Do you have a time when you read to your child? Are there children you know that you could read to? I want to encourage you to do that, because reading helps us not only go beyond ourselves, it helps us understand other worlds, other cultures, and other people. Reading helps us grow.
That said, my hope is that we can grow together, and that you enjoy the information here on reading.