“A teacher is never a giver of truth; he is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for himself.”
September 29, 2021
By: Jennifer Nelson
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Parents often wonder how they can get their children to read without complaining. I think the first step is to provide the child options. When we provide our children with a variety of reading materials, it makes it easier for them to find something that resonates.
On the other hand, sometimes it’s necessary to include the option to do another activity instead of reading. In my experience, some children only like to read when they don’t feel like they must read. After all, when we put pressure on someone to do something, it takes away from the joy.
If we want to have lifelong joyful readers, then we have to replace the need to control or push our children with patience and creativity.
For example, I have found that some children don’t like to read books, but they like to read other things. I had a student where we would read age-appropriate newspaper articles together, and that helped keep him interested until I discovered that he only enjoyed reading science books.
In my personal life, my youngest son did not like to read books, but he liked to read instruction manuals. Eventually he started to like books, but it took time. I just kept offering them to him with no pressure.
On the other hand, my other son has always loved books and has been reading since he was two and a half. Every child is different.
What is your child interested in? Can you find books that match those interests?
There are also magazines for children. I prefer magazines with no advertising so Cricket Media provides a selection of children’s magazines that do not have any advertisements. Children like to get their own mail so that could be an option as well.
Overall, in my opinion it’s best to just relax and have confidence that with your loving support, your child will acquire the skills that he or she needs.
The intent of this newsletter is to increase awareness of available educational options in order to encourage environments where students can align to their true gifts and talents.
When people are aligned to their true nature and in touch with their loving hearts, they are able to co-create a harmonious world.
(Originally published in The Joyful Reader Newsletter)
Remember to love yourself and to always follow your inner guidance. Therefore, take what resonates and discard the rest.
Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom
All classrooms consist of some amount of diversity- even if the environment seems to be homogenous. I tend to look at humans as individuals, and not as default members of societally organized groups. Therefore, there will always be diversity in terms of personalities, interests, opinions, and skills.
I think it’s a disservice to humanity to limit discussions on diversity in terms of appearances, income, place of origin, and abilities. I also believe that when we recognize the inherent nature of individuality, it changes the discussion to focus more on what we have in common as opposed to what we don’t.
The concept of everyone being different and having unique experiences should be more of a “duh” than something that’s seen as a novel concept that requires endless studies. In my opinion, having a basic level of respect and empathy for fellow human beings should be so inherent in the fiber of society that this discussion shouldn’t be necessary.
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