Just Read!

Here’s one of the questions people ask me a lot: Is there still a time when we read to kids without stopping to ask questions?  There has been so much talk about using every reading opportunity to teach big skills that teachers are afraid to read a book for pleasure, or because it’s funny or touching or interesting.  They’re afraid they may be doing something “wrong.”  But my answer is this: there is always time to read books all the way through.  Kids deserve to hear a whole story.  They deserve to get the whole picture at once, all the way through.  Anybody who has a kid knows how important this is.  When I used to do the teacher-thing with my son, stopping to make connections or talk about character behaviors, he’d flick the book and say, “Just read, Mom!”  So I take it from him.  Just read!