Thursday, April 07, 2005

Richard Peck Poem

Here is the poem that Jessica told us about at book club.
Thanks, Jessica!

By Richard Peck

Read to your children
Twenty minutes a day;
You have the time,
And so do they.
Read while the laundry is in the machine;
Read while the dinner cooks;
Tuck a child in the crook of your arm
And reach for the library books.
Hide the remote,
Let the computer games cool,
For one day your children will be off to school:
Remedial? Gifted? You have the choice;
Let them hear the first tales
In the sound of your voice.
Read in the morning;
Read over noon;
Read by the light of
Goodnight Moon.
Turn the pages together,
Sitting close as you'll fit,
Till a small voice beside you says,
Hey, don't quit.


Anonymous said...

Reading aloud to children of all ages is an enjoyable
activity - we've been doing this with our son since he was an infant and he's always enjoyed hearing stories.

However, this poem is a slap in the face to any parent with a child who has learning challenges! The temerity of Mr. Peck to continue to foster the assumption that a child who has difficulty reading is deficient (i.e. remedial) is hurtful and non-productive to the conversation regarding why some children struggle with academics.

Parent of a great, but dyslexic, kid.

Nicole said...

Reading to our kids has been great for building strong relationships.