Should Kids Should Not Be Read To?
The story of Ben Carson also came to mind. Ben Carson is a prominent pediatric neurosurgeon at John Hopkins who made news 20 years ago when he lead the team that successfully separated Siamese twins joined in the head. He was raised by a single mom who took him and his brother to the library frequently and had them reading to her. She never read to them. They both turned out to be well accomplished in their chosen career paths. They were not aware at the time that their mom would not read to them because she was illiterate.
My mom has a college degree but chose to have me read to her instead. I started out reading out letters of the alphabet, then short words, then longer words and sentences. If I asked for the meaning of word, she made me get out an Oxford dictionary and taught me how to look it up. She made me read aloud food labels, recipes as she cooked, newspapers, bill boards, just about anything in print she could lay her hands or eyes on.
She bought me books too, plenty of them. I doubt if she knew she was going against the grain by not reading to me but somehow it worked. I developed a level of comfort around the written word early in life that served me well.
So if reading to your kids is an unpleasant chore for you don’t sweat it, get them reading to you instead and you will be bound to raise a reader still.
Bola Ajumobi is a mom of 2 boys under 5 and wife to another under 40. She is a literacy advocate and owns an online kids bookstore, SlimyBookworm.com where you will find an array of books for kids but somehow still finds time to function as family physician some of the time.
Additional article: Children Teach Themselves to Read, Psychology Today.