Chase has been dabbling in reading for a while. I know she can read but she is often timid about it. She’s not completely fluent yet and her personality type sometimes requires absolute perfection. Otherwise, everything is terrible. Terrible, terrible, terrible. But I knew she could do it because I noticed that she’s highly motivated by certain things. Notes on your paper? She wants to know what they say. But what I really wanted was to see her sitting down with a book. Not instead of but in addition to her other favorite things to do. So I got this great idea. I got the basket of easy readers out of her room and plopped them on the kitchen table. Right in the middle of it. I kind of thought all of these things would fall into place. Maybe reading is on her to do list but, if it is, it must be way down at the bottom.
Next thing you know she was all, hey I can read this! Why the books have to be smack dab in the middle of the kitchen table when there are, literally, books all over the house? Who knows. But this basket is filled with only those very basic level one books. You know, the ones that feature all of their very favorite and your very least favorite characters. Barbie! Strawberry Shortcake! My Little Pony! But she reads them! One after another she reads them. And, right now, it’s kind of making the kitchen the place to be.
How do you encourage your children to read?