How many blogs, Tweets, emails, or books do you read each morning? If you’re like me, you find that all the information serendipitously fits together to add more to the picture. Sometimes it happens in a day! Case in point, Vicki Davis sharing a post from Richard Byrne about digitized books.
That’s one more to add to the list, Teresa!
I’m intrigued thinking about how children’s books have changed over the years and I searched and discovered that post. Who knew that in the article another nugget would fall magically into place.
“...one of his big ideas was to make reading fun”. That was the brainchild of John Locke - 323 years ago. Yes, 323 years ago! Locke wanted to change education and he wrote that in1693! Do Locke’s thoughts “readers should start with "easy, pleasant" books, even books with pictures” square with my thinking? Considering the few books that were available at that time, yes. But I wouldn’t agree with those words today. Think ARC: Access. Relevance. Choice.
Imagine a passionate, excited 2nd grader bringing his coffee table military encyclopedia, weighing close to 5 pounds, as his reading choice from home. A book selected by him and purchased at the bookstore. Was he a motivated reader? You betcha! That was my middle son. He was shamed for his book choice, deemed inappropriate by his teacher. If only I’d known then what I know now. Not only could I have helped my son, but others readers too. He’s now a cadet recruit knob at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He KNEW who he was, what he was interested in and that was reflected in his reading CHOICE!
So many wonderful connections are being made each day. Be sure to pause, just like the boy did in The North Star by Peter H. Reynolds. As you’re on your journey, cherish the connections made.