The 'Habit' of Reading
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 successful.