What is the number one thing you can do to help your daughter achieve academic excellence? Teach her to love reading! I once heard Alex Trebek say that the most successful contestants on Jeopardy were widely read. Meaning simply, that they read alot!
Excellent readers also make excellent writers and speakers. The easiest way to understand the English language and to use it effectively is to be exposed to beautiful writing and inspiring authors. (See below for help with that-my free printable for building a love of reading into your daughter!)
When I first began homeschooling, I knew that I wanted my daughter to be able to think through the complex questions of life. Questions like-is war always wrong or are there some things worth fighting for? Is there a higher power or is her opinion the only thing that she needs to pay attention to? How can she find the beauty and meaning in life?
She needed to hear the thoughts of other great thinkers in order to ponder intelligently the great questions of life. Reading would be the best way to “hear” other great thinkers! Plus by reading she could also cover much of the science, history, and literature that she needed to learn at the same time.
I worked diligently to read good books to her, and also bought her engaging tapes and cd’s to listen to. I taught her phonics so that eventually she could read on her own. But I taught her that books were wonderful even before she could read herself by exposing her to great books!
My daughter is high school age now and she reads daily! Her reading includes classic literature, chemistry and historical documents. She loves to read and learn on a variety of subjects! She is definitely capable of thinking on the complex questions of life and coming up with well thought out answers.
A Gift for You
Which brings me to an exciting announcement-I have created a free reading printable with the most exciting and educational books for girls from birth through age 10! These books are hand picked as the most likely to draw your child in. These books have engaging storylines, and some will teach some history and science as well. Some of them will give your child true heros to emulate. Others will cause your daughter to think over moral dilemmas.
If your child struggles with reading, you can read these books to her. Whether you read or your child reads, you will be building a love of good literature into your child! The list goes from easy (preschool) to hard (literature that even adults can enjoy).
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