Now that I've just begun spring break, I am so thrilled to have some of my reading time back.
I reflected today on why personal reading time was so important to me. Here are some thoughts that crossed my mind:
*Reading relaxes my mind. My breathing changes, and I can sense myself visibly relaxing.
*Reading helps me to take my mind off of other things -- school, housework, other concerns in my life.
*Reading helps me expand my knowledge of events in history, aspects of empathy, points of view, cultural differences, and more.
*Reading allows me to experience life through another character's eyes, expanding my imagination.
*Reading gives me perspective.
*Reading helps me to see the world in different ways.
*Reading enhances my mood.
*Reading helps to grow my vocabulary.
*Reading makes me feel more whole, more complete.
*Reading is a whole lot of fun.
There are many more reasons for taking time to read, but it is most of all life-changing. Maybe this could be a good mini lesson to do upon returning from spring break. Asking students to reflect on why personal reading time so important to them will help to refocus the home stretch of weeks left in our school year, and will help give structure and purpose in a very busy upcoming grading period.