Few things I love more than reading a good book. I’ll take even a not-so-good book over television. Something happens when I crawl into a story, fiction or non.
It’s also one of my favorite activities with the Grands. Reading together. There are so many wonderful children’s books. C.S. Lewis said,”A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s book in the slightest.” Alas, there are those, as well.
Recently, Brandy Young, a second grade teacher in Texas, handed out a memo to parents of children in her incoming class. Her note went viral. In summary she said that there would be NO formally assigned homework this year.
There’s mounting evidence that there’s no significant benefit to homework before students enter high school. This young teacher went on to give the parents the following assignment:
“I ask you to spend your evening doing things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eat dinner together as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early.”
I hope it spreads like a Texas wildfire.
Nothing better to fan the flames, than to pick up a good book, perhaps a fairy tale, and read to a child or adult closest to you.
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” G. K. Chesterton
Lets slay some.
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