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There is so much information linking literacy rates and early exposure to reading that you could literally fill a library with books on the topic. (Pun intended. Okay, that was a really corny!)
It's pretty much a no-brainer that we parents, especially home educators, want our children to be strong readers. We all know that good reading skills are the foundation for all other learning. I believe building a family library is one of the biggest way you can be intentional about laying that foundation for reading skills.
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The real goal is to teach our children to read, read well, and enjoy reading. There will always be gaps in one's education. Fortunately, education is a lifelong pursuit. Teaching our children good reading skills and a love of reading gives them the means to self-educate their entire lives!
Benefits of a Family Library
The biggest reason why you should build a family library is because it makes books readily accessible to your children. Sure, you can go to the library. But owning books is different. It creates an entirely different relationship with those books and it communicates a message to your children.
As a parent, it is for you to determine what constitutes quality material. Many books geared toward tweens and teens introduce topics such as romance, sexuality, dishonesty, antagonist relationships with parents and siblings, cursing and vulgarity, etc. Every family has different standards regarding at what age certain topics should be introduced. I would greatly encourage you to take an active roll in your child's literary diet. Having a family library is one way to provide quality fiction for your children.
So are you ready to build a family library? Part 2 will give some practical ways to get started.
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