explained thoroughly and taught in a loving and upli;ing environment.
Of course, ;xes made in life are never easy. ;is decline in literary interests
should be addressed proactively, but
the problem won’t right itself overnight.
However, we, as homeschooling families, have the power to make a di;erence
that starts within the home and works its
way outward. ;e people to begin with
are our children, siblings, and parents. I,
for example, was homeschooled during
most of my grade school and high school
years, and my mother instilled within me
a hunger for literature. She encouraged
my interest in the library and bought me
the books I most enjoyed.
While my parents never let trashy ;ction
enter the house, they encouraged me with
other options such as ;e Chronicles of
Narnia, ;e Hobbit, and ;e Adventures
of Tom Sawyer. ;ese choices helped me,
personally, grow up under the in;uence of
good literature without having to sacri;ce a
desire for intrigue and adventure.
Certain books have the best of both
worlds for children: exciting characters
they can relate to and moral truths that
keep them centered in the teachings of
the home and the Lord. ;ese types of
books can interest them in reading without risking the encouragement of any
moral or educational compromises.
Furthermore, I suggest that parents
encourage their children by sitting everyone down on certain evenings for family
reading. By regularly reading a few chapters out of a preselected book, as a family,
a welcoming and cozy atmosphere that
exposes children to the magical feeling
books o;en inspire is created. ;is “magic”
can be created by the story itself, the
voices and actions the reader might use
to invoke delight, or even the room with
its dimmed lights and hushed feeling.
Parents, encourage your children to
read. Aggressively teach them about the
importance of literacy and the acquisition of knowledge. Take the family to the
library, and ;nd books that cater to each
child’s interests while remaining supportive of the Truth. A;er all, the more
youth are encouraged to read while they
are still at home, the more likely they will
carry that appreciation into adulthood
and pass it on to their children. A yearning for literacy, knowledge, and wisdom
comes from the early years of reading,
just as we can see by the examples of men
who helped form our country.
;en, make sure to read yourself, and
make time for it. Reading opens up a
valuable world of input and advice from
people who lived before us. It is a learn-
ing experience for everyone.
Anna Masrud is a college sophomore living in the state of Minnesota. She currently
resides with her family of eight in a small
house in the suburbs. In her spare time, she
enjoys writing and reading, talking with
friends, eating chocolate, getting into debates, and being spiritually and mentally
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