More Books, Less TV for Students of Seattle Schools

Written by Patricia Hawke for www.schoolsk-12.com

A recent U.S. Census was taken to see whether parents with kids in Seattle schools are more involved in their children’s lives now than 10 years ago. The Census is in, and they are! Parents are more involved in the lives of their children and they even like it.
 
The Best Way is Through Books
 
Ask any teacher or librarian working in Seattle schools, and he or she will tell you that a parent who reads to their child is a parent who will have a child who is a good reader. Getting into a good book allows parents and children of Seattle schools to spend quality time together, and is a great way to share interests. In addition, when kids see their parents reading, whether it is books, magazines, or newspapers they feel a greater desire to read themselves. The most effective way to teach our children while they are in Seattle schools is to model a desired behavior. Kids of Seattle schools whose parents are after them to read while they themselves are camped out in front of the TV or constantly gossiping on the phone will not feel inspired to pick up a book.
 
Fact or Fiction?
 
What kinds of books should the kids of Seattle schools be reading with their parents? For most young children, both parent and child will pick storybooks. Bright pictures, easy to understand story-lines and repetitive language are all features of a quality “picture book”. As Seattle schools’ children get older, their interests will both narrow and spread out at the same time.
 
Kids will start to gravitate towards a certain genre of books – mystery, sci fi, adventure, fantasy, fairy tales, etc… - and want to read strictly within that classification. At the same time, kids are beginning to read to learn, and will want the answers to every question they can think of. When asked how robots are made, for example, the parent and child can turn to the libraries of Seattle schools, a bookstore, or the Internet to read together in a quest for the answer. Again, this is a great way to spend quality time with each other, and both parent and child will learn something in the process.
 
For many upper elementary and middle school boys in the Seattle schools, non-fiction is the genre of choice. They don’t seem to want to be bothered with stories; even in novel form, and instead want to read books that will allow them to learn more about what they are truly interested in. Books on everything from bears and sharks to trains and computers and castles and baseball are out there just waiting to be picked up and read. Parents with students in Seattle schools can share in these interests with their sons in Seattle schools, and reading naturally discourages “veg-out” time in front of the TV.
 
No matter what the reasons are, it’s important to read to our children of Seattle schools, with our children, and in front of them. It’s the easiest way in the world to help them grow-up literate and knowledgeable. Go ahead, pick up a book!

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