Reasons to read
21 January 2008Add to My Folder
Follow this mini manifesto to help promote positive reading experiences in your school
Reasons to read? The list is endless
Back in the 80s, a document called Extending Beginning Reading (Extending Beginning Reading by V Southgate, H Arnold and S Johnson, 1981, Heinemann Educational Books for the Schools Council) explored children’s reading experiences. Researchers asked children why they were learning to read. Probably the most heartbreaking response came from a child who responded: ‘So I can stop’.
If we’re not careful, we will end up with children reaching Key Stage 2 possessing all the skills to read, but no desire to – all revved up and no where to go. The National Year of Reading offers a genuine opportunity for those of us who work with young children to promote reading. So what should we do? My mini-manifesto includes eight simple suggestions.
1 Lead by example
Every teacher should have a children’s novel on the go. If I had my way I would make it an occupational requirement. A teacher’s enthusiasm for literature becomes infectious. If you want a starting point, get your hands on a copy of The Thing with Finn by Tom Kelly. Read the opening chapters and you’ll be gripped – laughing and wanting to reach the breathtaking twist at the end of the tale.