What can parents do?
Parents can take turns reading aloud with their child. Also, offer incentive programs such as allowing your child to stay up 30 minutes past bedtime if they use the time reading. Additionally, read on the go....which means to play word games while driving by taking turns reading words in the environment such as words and phrases on street signs, billboards and the like. Finally, set a good example and read so your kiddos can see you reading.
What can educators do?
Teachers should share their reading experiences with their students....get excited and let your students see and feel the excitement you have for a book, magazine, short story or blogpost you've read. Teachers and administrators can host a read-a-thon that can serve two purposes.....1. foster the love of reading in your students and 2. raise money for specific campus needs. Teachers can also have their classes listen to audio books, as it will allow students to free their minds and completely visualize what is being read in a way they haven't done before. Next, allow your students to completely and utterly read for pleasure on occasion. Don't connect the act of reading to ANY assignment...just let your student enjoy and become connected to reading for the joy it brings them. Finally, teachers can and should give students a choice and a voice when it comes to reading selections that will be attached to assignments and grades.
Reading is so very important. Reading develops the mind and helps develop language skills. Reading leads to discovery and it fosters ideas. Reading exposes the reader to new places and allows them to educate themselves on anything and everything they find interesting. Readers experience endless possibilities; they can go anywhere in the world or even out of it if they desire! :-)
Reading and literacy will always be priority at Breckenridge Junior High!