Teach Your Child
Joy of reading
While Farmer Dad works in the field, a brother and
sister pass the time until the plowing is done. Every
evening after supper, while Dad bathes, they wait
outside the closed door to see who will come out of
the tub. The first two nights, it's Tired Dad ready for
bed and the disappointed kids have to wait.

But the third day, the plowing is done. Cowboy Dad
comes out of the tub and the fun begins - Playtime
with Dad with an imaginary rope and two kids with a
bundle of energy.

Set in the mid 40s, Cowboy Dad offers a glimpse of
life on the farm in great-grandmother's day wrapped
in a fun story that opens the door to teachable
moments as the kids’ shadows tell the time of day and
they wait until the work is done for the reward of

For today's child, this book is an Anytime Read-aloud
to be read during a few minutes one-on-one time (or
snuggle time for a sleepyhead). With the busy Mom or
Dad, it's a little less than a ten minute read.
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Read a story without
pictures to the child
snuggled in your lap,
and his or her
imagination will learn
to create the scene
and action.
At 18 months, my great granddaughter could find her favorite app on
her mom’s iPhone and watch her favorite cartoon. By the time she
reached three, her tiny fingers skillfully maneuvered Scarlett Fox
through the turns, jumps, and slides of Temple Run2 to achieve an
out standing score. I'm  impressed with this amazing ability, but I'm
old fashioned enough to worry. How will she ever discover the joy of
reading in this computerized toy-land?  It's hard to compete with so
much visual and action packed entertainment, but I want to her to
crawl into my lap and say, "Read me a story, Granny."  Snuggled in
my arms I want her to enjoy the words that create the story and learn
the joy of reading. My hope is that our shared experience will kindle
an appetite for stories that will motive her to learn to read, and
practice until she reads well. Then she'll be able to learn just about
anything she wants.

To some, this may seem a bit out of date... But I've been through
"new math" and  "whole language learning" with my children and
grandchildren. I read the statistics - a whole lot of kids don't read all
that well, consequently many of them don't do so well in math and
science either.

A child who learns the joy of reading will want to read. I think "want to" is
the best motivation. I
believe the foundation for that should be laid
very early, a babe in arms, listening to a parent or grandparent's

gentle voice reading a story. As they grow older, the memory of the
warmth and comfort lingers. The child will outgrow the lap but the

love for story will last. And then, what could be more motivating than
an open a book and words that take you to new places peopled with
characters that do the most unexpected things.  The more the child
reads the better he or she will read.

The ability to read cracks the door to doing well in all school
subjects. Reading well throws it wide open.
Deanne Durrett's first story for children appeared in Highlights for
Children in 1972. Since then her work has appeared in numerous
magazines, some for children and others for parents. MY NEW
SISTER THE BULLY a novel for mid-grade readers was published in
1986. And by 2005 she had a published list of 22 nonfiction books for
kids and adults. She has always thought reading, and reading well,
opened the door to opportunity as well as pleasure. For more
information check out other pages in this site.
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