how often your kids read books?

United States
March 10, 2009 3:09pm CST
Should we push our children to read more books, to get familiar with spelling and meaning of the vocabularies? I knew that, many of our children would rather play on the playground or PS3, instead of reading a few good books. Would you push your children to do so?
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4 responses
• United States
11 Mar 09
Absolutely no pushing. If you start reading to a child when they are very young and do silly voices and sounds it becomes a very good time for you and your child. The child learns early that reading is a fun experience not a "have to" experience. As a child gets older, look for good books written just above their grade level to introduce them to new words. Go to the library or book store and pick out books that the child is interested in. When you get to words that are new, pronounce them and give the meaning, then go back to reading the book. This method worked so well in our house that even with a reading disability and a great love for video games, sports, performing arts, etc., I many times find our children sitting in a corner with a good book. We have book stacks everywhere. It warms my heart.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
11 Mar 09
My child enjoys a book every day, at least one. He is too young to read yet, but he loves spending time with books. I have had a book in his hand since he was old enough to hold anything in his hand. Is that pushing books on my child, absolutely! I wanted him to see books as fun, comfort, even as a friend. That is how he sees them and I have no regret.
@patgalca (14257)
• Orangeville, Ontario
10 Mar 09
The teachers in our school insisted their students read 10 minutes every night before bedtime. I had a heck of a time with my younger daughter because she had trouble finding the type of books she liked. She is now hooked on the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. They should keep reading until they find what they like. When she finds something she likes she will read more often than just the allotted ten minutes at night. Reading helps vocabulary as well as spelling. If you read a lot you are likely to see the same words over and over again and it will just come naturally to be able to spell them. As a writer I would love it if my kids would learn to love to write but they haven't so far.
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
10 Mar 09
Hi, clorissa123! I would not push my child to read books. I would instead, encourage them to read books. I will try to read books with them almost everyday of possible. But, I may not always do so at times. I will then try to read to them when I have a good book. Sometimes, it is hard to read books everyday, but I will make sure that I will get a book for them to read..