Feelings of mediocrity.
Comparing your failures to the success of others.
Loss of Confidence.
These are all emotions that most (if not all) adults have felt at some point in their lives. As we move into adulthood (and often further into our walk with Christ), we learn to better manage these emotions. We gain a better perspective of the world, and realize our strengths and weaknesses will not always match those of our peers.
Children, however, often haven’t yet gained the maturity to grasp these though concepts. The beginning of schooling marks a period of change and adjustment, where they must learn to function among peers in a way that they likely haven’t experienced in the comfort and safety of their home. While every child is different, every child requires some level of adaptation to adjust and feel comfortable in this new scenarios.
For my daughter Cyanne, who began kindergarten last year, focus was an issue. While I initially thought that she just preferred to talk in class rather than pay attention… I quickly learned that there was a deeper issue at hand. She often lost focused on a task, if she felt she could not quickly grasp it. Reading was one example of this. Rather than focusing and trying to correctly identify the words, she would guess; in an effort to rush off to the next project.
As a mother, it became my mission to find ways to help her build confidence through reading.
One thing that helped this tremendously, was inviting her to pick out her very own books… and attaching an incentive to them!
How do you do this?
Well, you can choose the incentive all on your own… or you can enroll them in a reading program that helps you!
This summer, we’ve enrolled in the Summer Reading Program through the Family Christian.
How does it work?
This program encourages children aged 12 and under to read 6 books during the summer. If you purchase two or more books from Family Christian, you receive 33% off all your books! Upon completion of each book, the child will fill out a brief report on the book. Once they’ve completed all 6, they simply turn the reports in to their local Family Christian (or email them here if you don’t have a store nearby). They then receive a $10 savings pass they can use at the Family Christian towards their very own reward!
Easy as that!
Cyanne picked out her books last weekend, and had a blast in the process! She enjoyed perusing the shelves at Family Christian to find a book that best suited her interest. We made the experience a fun event, by including the entire family in the fun and excitement!
So far, I’ve seen her confidence and excitement level increase, when it comes to reading.
She even enjoyed her books so much, she wanted to share about her favorite with you! Watch below!
Interested in having your child involved in the Family Christian Summer Reading Program this summer? Be sure to get all the details here!
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What do you do to encourage build confidence through reading? Share in the comments below.