This year, I started using a new-to-me reading curriculum, Units of Study from the Teacher’s College. One requirement they list, to have a classroom that developed of love of reading in children, was for the teacher to “wear their love of reading on their sleeve”. I wondered, did I even love to read?
I really couldn’t remember a time I’d read for fun. I have always enjoyed reading but I’ve always read for school. When I was an English major in college, I read for class. When I was new in my career I didn’t have time to read much but when I did it was articles about teaching. When I taught high school, I read what my students read. I know I picked up pleasure reading at times over the years but it was never a significant enough part of my life to become a memory.
I had never considered that this could effect my Kindergartners. But, now, I think it can. I wanted to love reading. So, I decided to read for fun.
I found that, to become a real reader, I had to make reading a habit. I started to force myself to read each night (rather than those late night instagram or facebook binges…) So far, it has actually worked. I have been having fun! The more books I have finished, the more incentive it’s given me to keep reading a book I’m not completely in love with. Before, I would give up more easily but now that I read more, I know if I don’t love this book, maybe I’ll love the next one. Also, I have found it helpful to have several books (a fiction, a non fiction, and a spiritual book) going at once so I can switch it up as my mood changes. I also use audible to listen to books on my commute.
I’ve been keeping an ongoing list of what I am reading over here. If I have something to say about the book, I’ll post it there, too! Keeping a list on my blog has actually helped me stay motivated to plow through more challenging books. Enjoy the list and please feel free to send me book recommendations, as well! 🙂