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Books and Academic Achievement

If your children don’t see you valuing books, they won’t learn that books are valuable. If your children don’t see you reading, they’ll assume that reading is not important. Buying lots of books – and taking the time to read them – is an incredibly important way to invest in your child’s education. The bottom line …. books matter.

Buy lots of books. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, this advice might seem rather obvious, but what is not as obvious is the strong correlation between book ownership and academic achievement. It turns out that parental ownership of books is “even more important than whether the parents went to college or hold white-collar…
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Why We Need to Read Together: The Magic of Reading Aloud

Reading aloud to our children, especially when they are title, is an integral part of human bonding and the cultivation of relationship.

When I was 7 years old, my older brother Isaac read JRR Tolkien’s “The Fellowship of The Ring” aloud to me. I remember being enthralled by the exciting adventure of Frodo and his friends. Oh, I should probably mention that my brother Isaac was only 9 when he read it to me. My brother’s behavior…
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Facebook: The New Reader’s Digest

There is a time for Facebook, a time for books, a time for video, and a time to sit and just talk to each other. It is the role of the parent to guide the next generation in making good choices.

“Americans no longer talk to each other, they entertain each other. They do not exchange ideas, they exchange images. They do not argue with propositions; they argue with good looks, celebrities and commercials.” – Neil Postman (Amusing Ourselves to Death) Neil Postman’s book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, was written in 1985. To put that in…
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Fiction and Training the Imagination

It is important to introduce children to fiction because fiction and story are fantastic training grounds for the imagination. Children are moldable and easily influenced which means training their imagination from an early age is important. Stories allow them to engage with imagery and humanity in a way that can then be translated into their everyday experience.

Since college, I have read very little fiction. I’m motivated to learn and digest ideas so I read a lot of nonfiction books. I read about business, education, politics, theology, and the life stories of people I admire. In my younger years, I had read a lot of fiction; from classics like Jane Eyre and…
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