So, why will we not be participating in the summer reading programme?
Well, I heard a comment by Mary Hood and it really rang true to me.
These sorts of external motivators really do only one thing: they teach kids that without a reward, reading isn’t worth doing. Kids do it for the reward, not for the love of reading. A child who already loves to read will possibly, when the carrots and sticks are removed, forget that he loved to read before all of that.
We don’t give our kids a reward for eating their ice cream, going to the park, or having fun, do we? We don’t reward our kids for doing things they love…we often reward for doing things they don’t want to do. Do we really want to teach our kids that reading needs to be rewarded?
That’s every homeschooling parent’s worst nightmare.
Even for the reluctant reader, they will get the same message. A reluctant reader needs 3 things: to be provided with books he/she is interested in, to be read to and see his/her parents enjoying reading, and to not be pressured.
I’ve come to dislike contrived, external motivators altogether. I think life provides enough naturally-occurring motivators.
We love the library…but will be avoiding the summer reading programme like school.