We as a family had made it a point to read to our kids every night. Kennadi is 4 and she sometimes seems like she can read as well as she can recite many of the books we have word for word. Now I realize that as she gets into Kindergarten and 1st grade she will hopefully begin putting sounds together and learning phonics while beginning to learn how to read. I am so excited to see and hear the day when she begins reading and she can read me the book instead of me reading it to her. I know it will get tougher and we will have times when she will be frustrated, but it hopefully, eventually will lead to the magical tool of reading.
Reading is the most important tool we can give to our youth of today as they go out into the real world. I understand that soft skills are important and people skills, but reading is something that kids and adults can get places with. Here is a great blog that I found that talks about the 10 reasons for kids to read and it really makes sense if you look closely enough. Reading can improve concentration, vocabulary and imagination-Who wouldn't want that?
In our schools today we focus on many things-Technology, test scores, evaluations, science experiments, character education, etc. Don't twist my words around, ALL of these are important and they all make a difference when teaching a child. Reading is something however that I think every child deserves. EVERY CHILD deserves to read! Every child deserves the opportunity to learn and learning is reading.
So take a minute tonight regardless of how old your kids are(high school, elementary, middle school) or for goodness sakes look at your self and read! Put your phones, computers, iPads away and read to your kids, read a good book and see how the imagination flows.
Thanks for reading
Other Items to check out in Bobcat Land
-If you tweet follow these people for any info from Bobcat Country
@blhsathletics, @blhsnews, @sherryreeves19, @jfuhrman3932
Also I wanted to introduce our new Tech Director for the district, Lisa Lund you can follow her on Twitter also:
If you are interested in learning more about the district initiative of MTSS Reading, please contact your child's school to ask questions. You can also check out this website as it talks about how Kansas has adapted it. http://www.kansasmtss.org/
Dates to Remember
Sat, Nov. 2nd-State Cross Country in Wamego--Congratulations to our X-Country team!
Mon. Nov. 11th--No School. Inservice and Collaboration for Teachers
Nov. 14th-17th HS Musical "Shrek"
Fri., Nov. 22nd - Meet the Bobcats for Winter Sports