My one word goal for 2018 has been power. It’s been an inquiry into questions such as…
…what is the connection between power & influence?
…how does comprehending our sphere of influence impact our lives? Our communities?
…what is my sphere of influence?
…how can I be more intentional about directing and growing my influence to areas that matter most for me?
Because I’m in the midst of this inquiry, I often find myself thinking about how & why certain sights, actions, and words carry power.
So when I come across my 2 year-old snuggling in with a book of his choosing, I’m fascinated by the implications for power.
How does book-choosing, especially starting at a young age, give a child power?
How do books boost a child’s ownership over their learning?
How does ownership over learning relate to an individual’s power?
Truly, helping children onto a path of choosing to read is a powerful endeavor, and we can all contribute:
- Setting aside time in class for reading
- Investing in passionate, knowledgeable librarians (“Every kid needs a book whisperer“)
- Committing to develop both reading culture and reading skills (“What Admin can do to promote reading culture“)
- Working to grow our classroom libraries
- Modeling our own reading lives
- Valuing their reading choices, including graphic novels
Cultivating a child’s desire to choose and celebrate books is one of the most powerful things we can do.
featured image: Oliver Henze
2 Replies to “Is There Anything More Powerful than a Child Choosing a Book? #TeacherMom”
Mary, I totally agree. Self-selection is very important. And how gorgeous to see your son reading books of his choosing.
Thanks, Norah! It warms my heart to see how much he loves his books.