In his book, OUTLIERS, Malcom Gladwell states that one becomes an expert in something only after practicing about 10,000 hours. That comes to almost 417, 24-hour days of practice!
How many hours did your child practice reading over the summer? Many children only have enough unscheduled time during the summer months of vacation to read for hours at a time. This is when the magic begins to happen. And now it is September.
School has started again, and many children get practice reading during school hours. But, what can you do at home, to encourage and model the fun of reading and writing?
*Go to the library often, and let your child choose what he or she is interested in. These visits can provide a great variety of books and music for the whole family.
*Keep books, magazines and games out and around, where your child can use them.
*Also keep lots of crayons, markers, pencils and paper around so your child can draw and write. When your child draws, ask him to tell you about the picture.
* Have a quiet time in the evening, where everybody reads. Never underestimate the power of imagination, so choose TV, videos and computer games wisely and in moderation.
The countdown to becoming an expert in reading begins now!
-Carla E. @ Naper Blvd. Library