Super Reader Strength BELONGING
One of the many powerful attributes students gain from reading is empathy. When students read they are putting themselves in the mind of someone else. They are transported to new worlds and time periods. A student can think about how hard it would be to live with a disability but when they read the book Wonder they can live in the skin of someone with a facial deformity and understand in a way that wasn’t possible before. Books can also help student see themselves in the characters, many students feel like they are the only one in the world dealing with certain issues, when they find a character going through the same situation they feel like they are not alone. This is why belonging is one of the strengths of Super Readers.
Finding stories of belonging and identifying this theme when discussing books and reading with your student will help them to realize how amazing it can be to feel connected to book characters. It will also help them see the difference between books and movies; in video its rare to hear what someone is thinking or how they are viewing a situation in books you are in the mind of the character.
When you are creating a reading world for your child at home, helping them see reading belongs in your home is important. Here are some great suggestions from the book on how to create a reading community at home.
Week One: Belonging
Invite children and families to create a sense of belonging as readers at home. Make a cozy nook for reading. Collect favorite books from the library or on a digital device and designate an area at home for this reading life. Create a “reading on the go” kit so that when there is a sibling’s soccer game or a long subway trip, that bag of books or tablet can come along for the ride. Encourage families to make a refrigerator chart called “We Are All Super Readers,” and feature each family member’s photo. Make the home a place of belonging and safety for the reading experience.
Student Book Recommendations
Student: Hunter N.
Hunter enjoys reading non-fiction and learning about topics he is interested in. Hunter is recommending a book called Lizards, from National Geographics. Hunter really likes the great photos and the interesting facts.