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Ready for some Mommy-Ed?
Right now I’m reading Boys and Girls Learn Differently! A Guide for Teachers and Parents by Michael Gurian and it is so fabulous that I want to tell everyone I know about it.
Here’s a one-sentence synopsis:
Once parents and teachers understand how male and female brains develop differently, they are better able to educate children.
I’m so impressed by Boys and Girls Learn Differently that I’m starting an online book club. If you’re interested in reading along with me, check out the book from your local library and stay tuned for future blog posts where you can add your own comments.
I’ve ordered my own personal copy from Amazon, but it won’t be here for two days. In the meantime I need to hide my highlighter. The copy I’m reading is from the library and I cannot contain myself from marking up important passages with a golf pencil.
Happily, on May 24, 2014 I’m attending the Helping Boys Thrive Summit in Edmonds, WA where I’ll get to hear Michael Gurian speak. I’ll be sure to blog about that as well.
Do you want your son to read?
Well so does the Boy Scouts of America! That’s why I was really excited to read about their new Literacy Matters campaign in the 2013 May/June issue of Scouting magazine. You can check it out online right here.
Since I was a Girl Scout, I never got to read Boys’ Life magazine growing up. (Now I realize where all of my husband’s jokes come from.)
It turns out that Boys’ Life is just one of many ways that the BSA is supporting literacy. Troop meetings, pack meetings, and camping trips can all be opportunities to encourage boys to read. Volunteers can encourage a love of reading by modeling their own love of books.
As Michael Gurian mentions in the article, so much media attention gets focused on girls falling behind in math and science, that people are forgetting that there is a 10% literacy gap for boys.
I’ve seen this when I used to be a teacher. Third grade seems to be when some boys really start falling behind. But the good news is that if you catch that problem in time, you can still turn boys into bibliophiles.
Here are some of my favorite books that can help get boys to read.