THIRTEEN WAYS TO RAISE A NONREADER: From Horn Book Magazine. (link is a PDF file)
- Never read where your children can see you.
- Put a TV or computer in every room. Don’t neglect the bedrooms and the kitchen.
- Correct your child every time she mispronounces a word.
- Schedule activities every day after school so your child will never be bored.
- Once your child can read independently, throw out the picture books. They’re for babies.
- Don’t play board games together. Too dull.
- Give little rewards for reading. Stickers and plastic toys are nice. Money is even better.
- Don’t expect your child to enjoy reading. Kids’ books are for teaching vocabulary, proper study habits, and good morals.
- Buy only 40-watt bulbs for your lamps.
- Under no circumstances read your child the same book over and over. She heard it once, she should remember it.
- Never allow your child to listen to books on tape; that’s cheating.
- Make sure your kid reads only books that are “challenging.” Easy books are a complete waste of time. That goes double for comic books and Mad magazine.
- Absolutely, positively no reading in bed.
We are 0-13. Just like Jeter in the last Yankees – Sox series