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2nd grade, Georgia

I love the idea of a book

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I love the idea of a book club. I am going to try this strategy with my 2nd graders. They love interacting with each other so maybe this will give them an incentive to read. Thank you so much for the idea.

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I love your focus on modeling

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I love your focus on modeling versus coercion; I hope you are able to utilize child friendly strategies such as that and not have to succumb to the forces of mandates which can result in students being forced into skills which they are not yet cognitively and, or emotionally ready for.

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Reflecting back upon my own

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Reflecting back upon my own experiences as a student with reading...I think it's very important as educators to model having a love of reading -- share what you're reading with your class - your literary passions - your favorite books. Growing up, I didn't have many friends or family that would read often but most of the teachers I had would share their love of reading with me and it inspired me.

Community Manager at Edutopia

I was thinking about this

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I was thinking about this topic the other day, and I'd add one more strategy: find out what other children are reading and make those books available. A book that's generated some buzz on the yard might spark interest in a "non-reader".

I found the article to be

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I found the article to be very informative and inspiring. in cultivating a love of reading in students, it is indeed important for parents and teachers to model good reading habits at all times. Thus we will be able to share our experiences with them. There are also several reading strategies that as teacher we can use to pull on students background knowledge so that they can take part in formulating stories. This gives especially struggling readers an opportunity to read what they have dictated and to build their self-esteem. I liked the fact that in the ten ways of cultivating a love for reading in students that field trips were mentioned. This gives the students a chance to socialize with each other and to encourage visits to the library where they will get a chance to choose reading materials together opening a way for discussion to be enhanced. "One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die'. Cultivating a love for reading is a key way that one’s vocabulary can be enriched. If one is not able to read he or she will find it difficult to comprehend. It is important that teachers make reading fun. Students should be allowed to make their own book selections.
As a literacy teacher in training it is essential that I incorporate a variety of methods that can be used to arouse the interest of all students. Reading can be enhanced at home if parents take time to read with their children. It is important that parents model good reading habits for their own children from a tender age, thus they will be able to develop a positive attitude towards reading. It is critical that parents and teachers be motivational and get involved in their children and students learning. Children should be given the opportunity to read from different genres of books and at the same time be allowed to make their own book selections.
At school teachers can engage students in a reading club, where students are able to read in groups and interact with each other by re-telling the story that they had read, which enhances their vocabulary development and reading fluency. There is also the drop every and read method that teachers can use to engage students in reading. Thus students and teachers alike will be encouraged to stop all that they were doing and read a book. This encourages children and build on their reading skills. Organizing a read-a- thon is a good way to get students involved in their own reading, thus cultivating and promoting good reading habits.

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Love the choices you're

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Love the choices you're willing to give children, I only hope that these choices also include the right not to read on demand. True story: A child never forced to read (age 12!) was in a local store and asked Mom to buy him a book. Mom retorted gently, what do you want a book for you don't read? Son responded, if you buy this book I will learn to read it. Long story short, within 6 months he not only learned to read that book but by all measures he far surpassed his middle school peers in Reading, fluency, & comprehension. Non-coercion works, it just takes a little patience and a belief that its ok to not conform to any arbitrary CCSS type time-line of when its right to learn various skills.

Five ways to help children

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Five ways to help children develop a love for reading
This article is very informative. I have done my own little research and have found some very effective strategies to use in helping students develop a love for reading. I have found five ways that I will be sharing.
1. Before we can encourage children to read, we must be aware of the types of books they like. It can be comics, stories, novels or history. When we know exactly what they like, then we can begin to buy books for them. It is important to allow children to choose the book they want to read. This will increase confidence and their interests in books and reading.
2. It is important to have a wide variety of reading materials in the classroom or at home for example, comics, magazines, and newspapers. This will not only boost confidence, but children will be encouraged to read.
3. Teachers and parents should create a comfortable reading space for children. There should be no distractions, and proper lighting. When children feel comfortable when reading it will become a habit. this is because they will realize that reading offers comfort and it relaxes the mind.
4. Reading should not be used as punishment. This will decrease the love for reading because the child will think of reading as punishment. Reading is not only for learning but it is a privilege and children should be taught to appreciate reading.
5. Read to children. Children love to hear when a good story is being read to them. Ask questions as you read. Let them read a line or two, but most of all read with love, understanding and compassion. Read books that inspires, motivate and books that children love.
Parents are the most influential teachers in the lives of their children, and because of this parents should set the best examples for good reading habits. This can be accomplished by reading to them, read in their sight and help them as they read. Be their cheerleader, and best friend. Reading should be fun.

Teacher Education Literacy Major at Northern Caribbean Univerity

I have thoroughly read this

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I have thoroughly read this article and found the various ways suggested to “Cultivate a Love of reading in Children” to be quiet interesting and engaging for students. I have no doubt in mind that if not all, most of the ways suggested will be a good cultivator for the love of reading in students.
The article also provided information on various ways that teachers as well as parents could employ in order to cultivated the love for reading in their children/students. Indeed, I do believe that the love for reading is something that needs to be cultivated to get individuals, especially our students/children inside of the classroom to be not only extrinsically motivated, but intrinsically motivated as well.
Imparting the love for reading in a child is perhaps the greatest gift a parent can give. Early literacy is associated with success in school. Reading difficulties can lead to struggles in the classroom, which increases the odds of future behavioral problems that can hinder students from acquiring various skills needed for their literacy development.
Studies have shown that children’s books contain 50-percent more words that children are unlikely to encounter in spoken interactions, than television. In addition to a powerful increase in vocabulary, reading aloud to young children has been proven to increase motivation, curiosity, memory, and language and cognitive skills. The one-on-one attention from a parent during the process of reading aloud also helps the child to create a positive association with books that carries into adulthood.
In a literacy course that I am currently taking in the University, we are creating a Teacher as Reader program. In this Teacher as Reader program we were given a book that is written by the professor to read. The book is entitled, Father Sleeps with the Mud pies By Glasceta Honeyghan. We would do group reading and then discussion of various aspects of what was read, would take place. The objective of this Teacher as Reader program was a way of getting us, the students, to read more often than we possible are reading.
I found it hard to believe that most college students do not do much reading of other reading materials outside of their area of studies. Hence, creating a book club is another great initiative that could be implemented to get individuals reading widely.
I would also suggest that another way that the love for reading could be cultivated is through reading time. At times we the teacher, should be the ones to create the opportunity for students to get themselves engaged in reading activities. In the reading time, students will be given a period out of the class time to select any reading material and read. After reading, individuals will randomly be selected to talk about what they have read, and what they like or dislike about the reading material.
I close with this, “Reading is a lifelong habit.” Hence, we as teachers should be the ones to help our students cultivate it early by picking up a book and spending one-on-one time with them discussing and having fun with a variety of reading materials.

Teacher Education student at Northern Caribbean University

"One forgets words as one

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"One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die'. Cultivating a love for reading is a key way that one’s vocabulary can be enriched. If one is not able to read he or she will find it difficult to comprehend. It is extremely important that teachers make reading fun. Students should be allowed to choose reading materials that appeals to them.
As a literacy teacher in training it is essential that I incorporate a variety of methods that can be used to arouse the interest of all students. Reading can be enhanced at home if parents take time to read with their children. It is important that parents model good reading habits for their own children from a tender age, thus they will be able to develop a positive attitude towards reading. It is critical that parents and teachers be motivational and get involved in their children and students learning. Children should be given the opportunity to read from different genres of books and at the same time be allowed to make their own book selections.
At school teachers can engage students in a reading club, where students are able to read in groups and interact with each other by re-telling the story that they had read, which enhances their vocabulary development and reading fluency. There is also the drop every and read method that teachers can use to engage students in reading, at this point students and teachers alike will stop all that they were doing and read a book. This encourages children and build on their reading skills.

Educational Consultant/Author, Southern California

Excellent article. Everyone

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Excellent article. Everyone has stories and characters we are attached to through movies, storytellers, television or books. Sharing the experience with kids using books frees them to explore in a group and also empowers them to individually travel with Frodo or Harry or Anne (with an 'e') and gain lifelong friends.

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