Sometimes, even the most avid reader can find it difficult to find the time to read. A recent survey of over 600 MacKillop College students in Years 7-10 revealed that 44% would like to read more than they currently do, the main impediment being a lack of time.
Fortunately the school holidays present many of us with the opportunity to invest in some quality reading time. Some students will have a class text to read over the break, but it’s important also to spend time reading what one loves, whether it be classic literature, a trashy romance, a fourth read of Harry Potter, or even just flipping through magazines.
If you have a reluctant reader, do not despair! There are things you can do to encourage them, but first ask yourself, ‘Am I a reading role model?’ Showing that you value reading is the first step. Think back to when you were younger. What was your favourite book as a teen? Is there a particular story that has stayed with you over the years? If so, you might like to find a copy and recommend it to your teen. Then be brave and read something your child recommends to you. Shared experiences in reading can lead to great conversations!
Whether it be at home or on travels, take advantage of the next couple of weeks to engage in reading with your kids. You never know what you’ll learn.
‘”A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,” said Jojen. “The man who never reads lives only one.”‘
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