We have been blessed with a beautiful co-op that encourages each of us to thrive. One of our recent assignments was to read the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and write a critique about it. While we always have put a great emphasize on the importance of reading, this book opened the eyes of the kids on many different levels as well as reminded us parents why we teach what we teach.
The book describes a society in which government control is at its highest and the existing censorship prohibits citizens to own or read books. They are flooded with propaganda, entertainment, noise, technology and instant gratification until they are unable to make decisions on their own, stand for truth or even know truth. Disobedience to the law is punished by burning down houses with death not being an obstacle. Ray Bradbury puts it well, when he said: “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
If we look around us today, we can see how quickly we can erase history, truth, knowledge, courage, and initiative to thrive. If we stop reading books, we won’t learn about our past or from our past. We won’t understand what the rest of the world is like or why it is the way it is today. We are unable to learn about other ideas. We are not able to enjoy the beauty of various literatures. We have to be able to understand the world of those who walked before us and see God’s goodness and His plan in the past, present and the future. If we don’t read and research ourselves, we are forced to trust and believe what we are told and exposed to.
Today, we can see this trend and its affects on our culture. Ray Bradbury was pretty close. But rather than dwell in these thoughts, why don’t we encourage our children to read more. Educate them about the importance of reading and influence them to be life long readers and learners.
While our children are at so many different reading abilities and levels, a tracker never gets old. Please feel free to download these punch card bookmarks below we recently created for our children.
We printed 2 on one page, which made the perfect size bookmark. There are 20 spots to track their reading for each day of the school week. Each day they read for a specific amount of time (dependent on reading level and age), they receive a punch on their bookmark. If all are completed by the end of the month, they can earn a fun adventure, a special privilege, a treat or another small surprise.
In addition to the benefit of reading to our society, we truly enjoy this quiet time in the day. Often by the fireplace, with a tea and a blanket:)
– Counting it all Joy –