Growing up, I couldn't read. Though I was put in the Dumbbell Reading Group, I couldn't keep up. News Flash! If you can't read, You Can't Learn because what you need to learn must be Read.
Today with all the modern technology it's still the same. That's why I'm sharing my journey. I do this in the hope that parents with kids who are having difficulties like I did take their child to the eye doctor because relying on the eye doctor the school had didn't tell my folks that I was very nearsighted. You see, kids are real smart especially kids who know they’re not measuring up. I was so smart that I listened to the doctor as he talked and pointed to places on the board while checking out the eyesight of the kids in front of me. When it was my turn, I sounded brilliant! I was happy-- no ready to jump for joy when the eye doctor told me I'd gotten everything right! It was the first time I'd ever been praised by someone. And this someone, well he was even more important than my teacher. I was having a wonderful day until....
Later in the afternoon when my mom opened my third-grade report card. "How can you be failing everything? How is this possible?" She asked me. Looking back, I can understand why she didn't know I had a problem for my brother was really sick since he been born, so mom sent me next store and my wonderful Grandma took care of me. Since she grew up in Poland and spoke Yiddish, she didn't know if I was having a problem. Now everyone, did.
The good news was that my school principal had us visit her eye doctor. A pair of really ugly glasses and a summer being tutored by a retired elementary school teacher meant that I passed a proficiency test and was allowed into the fourth grade with the other kids.
One would think that with all the cramming I had to do to stay with my grade, the last thing I'd want to do was read or study anything. However, just the opposite was true. I must confess that when I wasn't interested in a subject I didn't do well until one glorious day when I decided to memorize what I needed to know that I found boring! I bet some of your kids do this tooooo!
Now, since this blogs supposed to be about your kids this is a good place to segway into that, so.... before I start sounding like an expert, which I'm not, I must confess that once I could read, I wasn't able to stop reading and am now an author. And, yes, I would love it if you picked up my first kids book for your kids or friend’s kids.
However, in this post I asked two questions... so here are my answers... Most kids begin reading books because they must. To move a child from the 'I must' to the "I want to' book reading phase find books about things their interested in. Our schools had but did away with the required book lists we read from in the 50's and 60's so they could offer books to kids that have people like them. For chapter books a few of the favorites are Where the Red Fern Grows, The Wimpy Kid books and anything written by Judy Blume.
The best way to find books your kids will gobble up like I did is to ask them what they want. I know this sounds sounds odd, but take it from me, since I have worked in a bookstore, kids know what they want. If they seem uncertain have them shop online with you or better yet, take them to the bookstore… or, and I saved the best for last, take them to the library and get them their very own library card, which IS a big deal since they'll know that you'll be charged if a book isn’t returned on time. I talk about this from first hand experience because I lost a book and had to pay, since I was babysitting, to replace it.
From your local library to the above mentioned book’s and the others your kids will tell you about kids learn important life lessons.
As a pastor wife, I’m blessed that God gifted me the 10-year-old Gracie & The Save a Soul Prayer Team books. As with the books and author listed above, kids will learn things in each of the 23 books in this series. However, since these books are about a 10-year-old's special relationship with Jesus what children will experience is faith affirming life lessons because that is what Gracie experiences in a very personal way about the ‘Fruit of the Spirit' the ‘Armor of God’, and the Beautiful Attitudes.
One of the things I love about the first Gracie book is the Billy-Bob Christmas Cookie Contest kids and folks can enter and the fact that their names will appear in that book! If your interested in this learning experience and the others found within I hope you'll get the book and when your kids are done reading it read it you'll read it because this is a Family Faith Fiction.
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Watch for Bill-Bob's Christmas Cookie: 10-year-old Gracie & The Save a Soul Prayer Team, Book 2