I knew I loved Obama
He’s not about the drama
He understands what’s needed
And is not a bit conceited
When it comes to learning
To the basics he’s returning
Want your kids to make you proud?
Start reading to them aloud
Note: So what’s at the heart of Obama’s education policy? Reading aloud to kids. (Video at 41:06)
Pshaw! Can it be that simple? Why, yes Virginia, it can.
– Set aside a regular time to read to your kids.
– Be present when you read – not sorting through crackberry messages in your head
– Repeat often.
We have marathon story times in our house – I think Nick has picked up on the fact that I’ll let him stay up longer so long as we’re reading. Smart kid. He’s figured out my weak spot.
But really, you only need 10 minutes daily according to author Susan Frankenberg (Read Aloud Magic).
Two of my personal favorites for read aloud guidance are:
The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
Both are super cheap on Amazon – you’ll pay more for shipping than for the book – and are amazing references that you will use for years. Think about spreading the wealth and getting copies for other parents.
Think of it as an investment in the next generation.
Bonus: Have a reluctant reader? Check out Maxwell Eaton III’s comic strip answer.