Over the years I have read to, read with and heard A LOT of kids read. However, I am no official expert and don’t have any kind of degree on the subject. Instead, first and foremost I am a Mum with two daughters, one who has caught the reading bug, and a younger one that is doing anything to catch up.
I, like most other people I imagine, can’t pretend that I know how to be a good parent. I’d be the first one to put my hand up and admit that I’ve made mistakes, but the one thing that has worked, and the one thing that I’m really proud of is my daughter’s passion for books. For my older one in particular, it’s real escapism for her after a busy day and it is really lovely to see her choose a book over an ipad. (Ok, not every time but it has happened!)
As I also work in schools with children who find reading really tough, I’ve seen both ends of the spectrum. Some children are just not interested in reading full stop. And that’s fine, as long as they are at stage where they can actually do it, but at the same time I find that really sad. Image a world when you have never had the chance to realise the joy of books. I’m really concerned that reading for pleasure is being squeezed out of the curriculum, and is now something that just can’t compete with social media and computer games. This blog, and all the hints and tips on it, is my attempt to make sure reading stays as an essential part of childhood.
Carrie Turner xx