I was talking to a mom at baseball practice on the weekend.
She said her son wasn't reading at grade-level, and she's just signed him up for an expensive course to teach him phonics. (Or read this blog - for free. Plus it's more fun. But I digress.)
Another mom had a great idea. She said, "I put books in the bathroom!"
She said she always has to "hold it," because her kid's in there reading. (The things we do for our children.)
But it is a good idea, sprinkling books all over the house, wherever the kids tend to lurk. And the bathroom's the perfect place for a little Robert Munsch or, well, Capt. Underpants.
When kids are surrounded by books, they'll eventually pick one up and flip through it - and that's the first step to creating a ravenous reader.
No photo on this post because, I figured, who needs pictures of the bathroom? Not us. Gack.
Oh, and by the way, if you haven't put your phone on the Do Not Call list yet to get rid of those pesky telemarketers, here's the website (Canada only). Nothing to do with literacy; I just hate getting calls during dinner.