Youth are morelikely to grow uphealthy whenthey read for pleasure threeor more hours per week.
What Are Assets?
Assets are40 values,experiences, and qualities that help kidssucceed.“Reading for pleasure”is oneof fivecommitment-to-learning assets.
* Based on Search Institutesurveys of 217,277 6th- to12th-grade youth throughout theUnited States during the1999–2000 school year..
eading is a basic skill,”saysthe Commission on Readingin
Becoming a Nation of Readers
“Itis a cornerstone fora child’s success inschool and,indeed,throughoutlife.”While we understand the importance of literacy,whyis itimportantforyoungpeople—in fact,all people—to read forpleasure?The Commission on Reading contends thatreading forfun teaches young people howtobecome strategic,skilled readers.Whenresearchers D.L.Forrestand T.G.Wallace asked3rd and 6th graders to read two stories,oneforfun and one as a preparation fora test,theyfound thatskilled readers read the twostories differentlythan the unskilled readers.The skilled readers remembered more ofthestorythatwas to be read forthe testthan theunskilled readers.Whatwas different?Skilled readers knowthere are differentreasons forreading.Theyknowtheymustchange the waytheyread,depending on the circumstances.Forexample,skilled readers knowthatreading forpleasuredoes notrequire an understanding ofall thedetails,whereas reading fora testmay.Skilled readers also were more likelyto ask questions when theydidn’tunderstandsomething theyread,go to a dictionaryforwords theydidn’tknow,and take notes on whattheywere reading.Skilled readers also weremore likelyto saythatreading was fun.According to Search Institute,those who havethe reading assetin theirlives read forpleasurethree ormore hours perweek.Thatequalsabout26 minutes a day.Howcan you encourageyourchild—and each familymember—to takethe time to read forpleasure?
The Realities of Reading
T hr ee wa y s t o hel p y ou r chi l d r ea d f or pl ea su r e:
V i si t t he l i br a r y t o g et her on a r e g u l a r ba si s. I f y ou r chi l d d oesn’ t ha v e a l i br a r y ca r d , hel pher or hi m a p pl y f or one.
St a r t a home l i br a r y . I f y ou d on’ t ha v e r oom , encou r a g e a l l f a mi l y member s t o st a r t a per sona l l i br a r y i n t hei r bed r ooms.
Cr ea t e a book -a -mont h cl u b. H a v eev er y one i n t he f a mi l y r ea d t hesa me book . T hen d i scu ss i t .
Easy Ways to Build Assets for and with Your Child
o f you t hsurveyed by SearchIns t i t u t e have t his asse t in t heir l ives. *
Tips that encourage reading for pleasure:• Keep comic books, newspapers, and magazines lying around the house.• Set aside a family reading time once a week. With younger children, read aloud together. With older children,read different books while hanging out together.• Read something yourself. Explain how it gives you pleasure while helping you learn about life and the world.• For birthdays and holidays, give eachother books and magazine subscriptions as gifts.
Return to Table of Contents