Growing up, I was surrounded by books. Both my mother and father were avid readers. I followed their lead and too became a lover of books. Every summer my parents would turn the television around and there was no viewing of it for our entire summer break. During this time, my brother and I would joined the Book Reading Challenge at the local library. We always won the challenge in our age group .We loved to read!
When I became a mother, I knew my child would also have a love for books. I started when she was a baby and read to her single everyday. At this age, it is also a great bonding activity. As Sage got older, I continued to read to her. Sometimes we would read several books before bed. I really enjoyed story time at this age. With Sage’s growing love for books came the need for more books. So our trips to the library became more frequent. It seemed almost overnight that Sage began to read on her own. By the time she entered Pre-K she was reading, when most of her classmates didn’t even know their alphabet. I continued to encourage reading by providing books of her own. Books can be expensive, so we would go to the thrift store and pick out tons of books that were most of the time less than a dollar. This definitely made it more affordable for us to build Sage’s personal library.
Currently, Sage is in 1st grade and reading on a 5th grade level! She is the only chapter book reader in her class. Being that she is an advanced reader, she also excels in all of her other subjects. She reads whenever she can. Sometimes she starts reading a book before we can get to the check out to pay for it! I am very proud of her!
Remember, your child’s educational success start with you. Don’t wait for the teachers to teach your child the to read. It starts at home!
Tips on raising a bookworm!
1. Be a bookworm yourself. If your child see you reading, they will most likely follow your lead.
2. Read to your child everyday. The early years are especially key.
3. Turn the TV off! Pick up a book!
4. Build a library for your child with their own books. The thrift store is the perfect place to start. Buy books that interest your child.