I definitely have to find time to sit down and read! After all, reading is good exercise for the brain, right? I hope that taking this Children’s Literature class will help me in my journey as a future teacher to better understand reading, and to help children learn to love books. Unfortunately, as a small child, I did not have the opportunity many children do have here in this country to access a public library. Many of the books I had were handed down to me from my two older brothers; and of course, most of the time they were ripped, missing a few pages, and falling apart.
Over the years, many teachers have taught me the beautiful art of reading and I have learned to enjoy it, that is when I do happen to find some free time to actually enjoy a book for pleasure and not because I have to read it. I have a son who is seven years and he loves going to the library. I want to continue encouraging him to look at books and to read then. When he was in first grade he was below average for his reading level. With a few months of reading with a para one on one, he exceed beyond his reading level. It is amazing what a few months can do.
Today, as I take this class, I hope to learn much and to share and discuss my personal and critical responses with other students who are also going into the same field. There are so many books out there that children and adults too, can enjoy.