Thursday, February 9, 2012

"It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live
as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish." Hayakawa, S.I.


I personally know this to be true, as I love to read! And, I want my son to know the joys of reading. Research consistently shows, however, that boys are falling behind girls in literacy, and they just don’t enjoy reading. Many boys see reading as a “feminine” activity, probably because they see their female counterparts enjoying reading, their female teachers encouraging reading, and the books in their reading curriculum mainly geared toward more feminine themes and interests (I don’t see many classes reading Captain Underpants!). This website offers some nice suggestions for how to get our boys reading http://www.ldonline.org/article/23978/. I think one of the most important suggestions here is that little boys see male role models reading. Thus, at our house, my husband reads nightly to our little boy, even at 7 months old. I make sure that my husband picks out the book, as even with my best intentions I’m likely to pick a book geared more toward feminine sensibilities (“I Love You Forever” for example - a wonderful book, but my husband calls it “depressing.”) As my son grows, he will see my husband reading, even if it’s Sports Illustrated, Comic Books, and the Bible. We as momsies should not judge the content of the reading as too insignificant, silly, violent, etc. Instead, we should just be glad our little boys aren’t falling into the literacy gap!

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