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Monday, September 04, 2006

You know you've made it - reprise

“No,” Mr. Federico continued with a grin, "We want to teach you to love to read. That's what really matters, and sadly, we can't actually teach you that. Nobody can. All we can do is teach you how to read, and hope you will learn to love it on your own. And knowing how to read isn't worth much if you have not also learned to love reading.”

An excerpt from Dan Ward's book, Meet the Boomer Sisters and referenced in today's wonderful posting on the Joyful Jubilant Learning 2006 series over at Talking Story.

How does one teach your children to love to read?

From our own experience, sharing the love and passion for reading is what worked for us. By modeling the good things we got from books, the good times, Dolores and I had reading, Allison and Carolyn now are good readers with a love for reading and learning as well.

A comment that Allison made back in April comes to mind. Since it was "buried" in the comments of the posting once upon a time, it deserves its own place here. You probably should read the full post to frame the comment properly. Allison wrote:

I cannot help but laugh heartily at this. You would walk into not only those fight scenes, but also even after we had just purchased a Knight's Tale, you walked right in when a character was boldly walking down the street nude. It was the only nude scene in the whole movie and the movie was PG-13!

But aside from your bad timing...

Now living away from home, the TV is still never on unless the work is finished. It is a good habit to have. Apparently, according to my friends sometimes, they claim that I missed so many things. Like, having a crush on Zach Morris from "Saved By the Bell". Alternatively, watching Sabrina on TGIF. However, I usually ask them if they read, Ables Island, Castle in the Attic, Shiloh, The Witches or had the Tolkien books read aloud to them by their Dad (complete with voices). I ask them if they know what its like to spend a day on a mountain. Climbing up, getting the most magnificent view. Realizing you still have to climb down, but knowing the hot dogs and laughter at the end will make it worth your while. I asked them if they knew how cool the state of South Dakota is and what a buffalo stampede is like. None of them can play Hi Low Jack, Doughnut, Cribbage or Milles Bornes.

It makes me wonder sometimes, who really missed out?

I won't rest upon my laurels even though I know I have made it now.

There is still so much to learn. What are you going to learn today?

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Comments on "You know you've made it - reprise"


Anonymous Dan Ward said ... (9:50 AM) : 

Thanks so much for the track-back! Glad to hear the Boomer Sisters excerpt was a hit!

BTW, there's going to be a second Boomer Sisters book published this December, just in time for Christmas! :)


Blogger Steve Sherlock said ... (10:29 AM) : 

You are most welcome Dan. My wife teaches kindergarten but there are still young ones amongst the Sherlock clan so keeping up with that age group will provide an extra incentive to read the Boomer Sisters.


Blogger Rosa Say said ... (3:25 PM) : 

Wow Steve, what a terrific compliment for Allison to give you!

Your daughter is going to take the world in her own two hands and have at it. Well done Mom and Dad!

The question, how does one teach their children to love to read is not an easy one.

From my own experience, deep passion as a constant example and partnering with their teachers didn't work (and I believe we didn't tip into overkill either). I have to honestly say that my kids understand and appreciate the value of reading, and they are glad that at least it's not a chore for them, but they don't love it.

Still, they do love other things, and they constantly learn in more ways than just reading, so I've learned to be happy with that and not impose my own passions on them.


Blogger Steve Sherlock said ... (8:27 PM) : 

Yes, Rosa, we consider ourselves fortunate to have Allison and Carolyn loving to read. As you rightly mention, there are many other ways to learn and viva la difference! Learning is still the key, no matter how it done.


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