“Mimi, would you read me this book?”

Reading…not one of my favorite pastimes.  A difficult confession and one I am embarrassed to admit.  It is something I have struggled with all through school and beyond.  Call it a lack of interest, being uncomfortably forced to read out loud, a missed diagnosis, etc. I don’t know for sure.  Don’t get me wrong I can read, but more out of necessity than pleasure.
I know the importance of reading for a variety of reasons and in my current role it is even more imperative that gaining access to materials in a variety of formats is important.  With all of its importance that’s what led me to do this blog about Mimi.  Mimi is the name my grandchildren call my wife.  I know her as Rita, but not when the grandkids are around.  Being a teacher for more than 30+ years (sorry Mimi) she has always taken great pleasure each semester to take the time to read a story out loud to her class.  Sometime funny and sometime serious topics, but stories that held the class riveted to her every word.  It’s one of the things that alumni students remember vividly about her class.  I can’t say that happened when I was in school, besides that was too long age. Mimi reading to three of her Grandkids.Which brings me to Mimi and my grandkids. We have 5 ranging from 6 years of age down to 6 months.  From a very early age, Mimi would “read” picture books to each one.  It only has a picture and is wordless, but she would describe the picture in a way that would tell a very short story.  As each one has grown older, she would ask if they would like for her to read to them.  “Bring me a book”, she will say if they don’t already have one in hand.  She has never been turned down.  More often than not I hear “Mimi, would you read me this book?”  You should know by now that the answer is an overwhelming “YES”.  It is a blessing to watch how she draws our grandchildren into her world, no their world.  So as I watch this miracle happen, I take pleasure in fact that undoubtedly my grandchildren have found the importance of reading and I have as well.  What a precious gift to pass on.
 
In the big picture, the interest and encouragement we offer to students can go a long way.  It may be a hardback book, digital file, braille, audio format, or just plain reading to them and conveying enthusiasm is key to inspiration.  Just like Mimi.
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Daniel G. McNulty on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 11:21

Most important and excellent observations, Jeff! Thanks for writing this up for the inspiration of others. Of course, we know that the GREATEST PREDICTOR OF READING GROWTH IS TIME SPENT READING. We just sometimes forget that being read to, by Mimi, a computer, an iPad, a $5 mp3 player, all counts as TIME SPENT READING. Well done.

Most important and excellent observations, Jeff! Thanks for writing this up for the inspiration of others. Of course, we know that the GREATEST PREDICTOR OF READING GROWTH IS TIME SPENT READING. We just sometimes forget that being read to, by Mimi, a computer, an iPad, a $5 mp3 player, all counts as TIME SPENT READING. Well done.
Kelli Suding on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 12:36

Well said, Jeff. Thanks for sharing. Admitting that you aren’t the biggest fan of reading isn’t the easiest statement to make; but a powerful one to say the least.

This is relatable for so many...and highlights the importance of the impact we, as teachers, can have by nurturing reading in a way students need. We have to be mindful that to continue to encourage the joys of reading- we must allow students to have access to age appropriate content. There is so much reward and confidence for a student who may not be at grade level reading, but can sit alongside their peers and independently engage themselves in the same book with some earbuds that may be above their reading level.

That said, like you mentioned in your “big picture"...a digital file, braille, audio format, or "Mimi" can certainly make that happen. Now, what can one do to get story time with Mimi?

Well said, Jeff. Thanks for sharing. Admitting that you aren’t the biggest fan of reading isn’t the easiest statement to make; but a powerful one to say the least. This is relatable for so many...and highlights the importance of the impact we, as teachers, can have by nurturing reading in a way students need. We have to be mindful that to continue to encourage the joys of reading- we must allow students to have access to age appropriate content. There is so much reward and confidence for a student who may not be at grade level reading, but can sit alongside their peers and independently engage themselves in the same book with some earbuds that may be above their reading level. That said, like you mentioned in your “big picture"...a digital file, braille, audio format, or "Mimi" can certainly make that happen. Now, what can one do to get story time with Mimi? :)
Julie Kuhn on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 13:10

Touching. Nicely done, Jeff.

Touching. Nicely done, Jeff.
Guest - Cheryl Clemens on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 13:12

I am a Mimi, too, who loves reading to my two grands. Each one was read to long before they knew how to sit up and now still love for me to read to them from my collection of children's books I have collected over the years. Thanks for sharing.

I am a Mimi, too, who loves reading to my two grands. Each one was read to long before they knew how to sit up and now still love for me to read to them from my collection of children's books I have collected over the years. Thanks for sharing.
Glenda Thompson on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 15:35

Jeff - PLEASE READ THIS! Great thoughts. Reading is a way to bond with another and this picture shows that Mimi has bonded with her loved ones and helped them use their imaginations. This "Gigi" loved reading this blog about "Mimi". Thanks for your words.

Jeff - PLEASE READ THIS! Great thoughts. Reading is a way to bond with another and this picture shows that Mimi has bonded with her loved ones and helped them use their imaginations. This "Gigi" loved reading this blog about "Mimi". Thanks for your words.
Guest - david jackson on Thursday, 21 April 2016 09:49

Thanks for the read...

Thanks for the read...
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