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November 27, 2014

Use newspapers to educate children to be readers

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Posted: Saturday, April 5, 2014 12:00 am

Newspapers are a wonderful tool for teaching. While some teachers use them, others have not caught on to the fact that newspapers are a motivational tool for reading and an aid for any subject that you teach.

I used newspapers in the classroom in the early ’50s when little thought was given to them as a teaching aid.

My students answered roll call by giving some report from the newspaper.

World events are happening every day. History is in the making. Technological advances in science will appeal to many students. Medical, science and health events always appear in the news.

Comics are a fantastic way to introduce children to reading. As a child, I was always excited about the comics we would receive in the Sunday paper. I have used newspapers to a great extent in teaching arithmetic.

I have encouraged the parents to take their children shopping to compute the prices of the supplies they purchased.

Don’t wait for the school to develop your child’s interest in newspapers. Encourage him to read at home and make it a habit.

The point is that the child will carry on what you teach.

Abraham Lincoln said: “A child is a person who is going to carry on what you have started. He is going to sit where you are sitting, and when you are gone, attend to those things which you think are important.

“You may adopt all the policies you please, but how they are carried out depends on him. He will assume control of your cities, states and nations. He is going to move in and take over your churches, schools, universities and corporations ... The fate of humanity is in his hands.”

If we make our children better readers, they will be better prepared to do the job they are supposed to do in the world.