Now that we have a second reader, beginning though he may be, I am working toward teaching him libracy. I was introduced to the concept through the Genii of Language by Alan Whitehead. Though the lesson is for grade two I believe it is a worthwhile rule to have for all ages toward books.
I am a not a fan of the it-doesn’t-matter-what-they-are-reading-as-long-as-they-are-reading thought. There are so many terrible books. Completely crap books available at the library and most certainly on prominent display next to the toys at the chain books stores. There are great books stores everywhere with a well curated selection of books that would never deign to carry such atrocities. I have a big list of those, trust me. And I have no beef with those stores. But churning out pablum is a mystery. Why waste the paper?
In the Genii curriculum book the lesson is based on creating a library. For two weeks the child is surrounded by beautiful, well-written and well-illustrated books. Shelves of them. And the lesson is to lounge of a big pillow and read. Not only just read but to browse and be read to. To be enveloped by the beauty that can be the written word.
We are just in the beginning of reading with my second little and I am so looking forward to our libracy lesson next year. I fondly remember our lesson with Dash who I am still practicing the concept with. At the library he prefers to browse the comics, a few of which he may check out, but only the book ones and they must be okay’ed by me. I choose around 10 novels, books of poetry, plays or non-fiction at his level and when we get home he chooses which to read. I don’t make a fan-fare around what is chosen from that pile and if it is required lesson reading I let him know and keep tabs on how the reading is going but otherwise, he is on his own. It is a concept which has served us well.
Wondering what others think of this? How do you choose the reading material for your children?