The 'Habit' of Reading
As Cooper students and teachers incorporate the Leader In Me "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" this year,I would love to add an 8th habit; the 'Habit of Reading'. As
with any skill,reading is improved with practice. I highly encourage
parents to model daily reading,in addition to trying to instill in their
children the habit of reading everyday. Even though our Cooper students
are in the 5th and 6th grade, they are not too old to be read to.
Reading to children can expose them to a wide range of topics and genres
that may otherwise not be accessible. Reading to our children can help
to further develop their vocabulary and knowledge of the world. A
reading session also provides that special one-on-one time that so many
of our children need and crave. I encourage parents to follow the lead
of their children to determine a book of high interest. For instance,
many children may enjoy reading Harry Potter, but it may be beyond their
current reading level. This would be the perfect opportunity for them
to enjoy the book, without having to struggle through a text that is too
difficult. Another option would be to read a book that is or
will be made into a movie. Incentive to complete the book would be to go
to the theatre to see the movie! Parents need to set expectations
that reading will be done on a daily basis. It may be helpful to help
your child determine a time and place that will encourage this habit.
Reading is the key essential ingredient to being succesful in school.
With support and encouragement from home, children can be much more