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A Student Discovers The Joy of Reading


The original Winnie the Pooh and friends on display at the New York Public Library
The original Winnie the Pooh and friends on display at the New York Public Library

Dear Friends,

The other day I had a wonderful conversation with one of my older students. He was brimming over with enthusiasm for his senior-level College Reading class.

It’s really more a structured study period than a class, in which students come in every day and spend the entire 48-minute period silently reading a book of their choice. When they’re finished they write a brief summary of the book and then select another.

The whole point, of course, is to get college-bound seniors used to the discipline of sustained, focused reading. And this particular student was loving it!

As soon as he left I grabbed my notebook and jotted down everything I could remember of what he had said so I could share with you this glimpse into the head of an older, more mature student. (Read on, dear parents of tweens, and take heart!):

  • I like being forced to read for 48 minutes every day, and I like how calm and quiet the room is.
  • I’m enjoying the book I chose to read, and I’m also enjoying the book I’m reading for English class (“Grendel”), which I didn’t expect to like; I think that’s because the College Reading class has put me into a mindset where I am now interested in reading.
  • My dad reads all the time. He reads everything, and he understands it all. I admire him and want to be like him.
  • I feel bad now for the years that have passed when I didn’t read. I wish they had started this class earlier, not in 12th grade.
  • When I do my homework, I often feel distracted. I feel like I work for an hour but only get 10-minutes worth of work done. I like turning off the computer and just working, but that’s hard to do because so much of my homework is online.
  • I like reading books better than reading on a screen. There’s something satisfying about feeling the paper and turning the pages.

Here are some lessons parents and teachers can take:

  • Parents should not be afraid to designate Reading Time, Study Time, No Electronics Time, etc…kids may complain but in the long-run they will appreciate having had this structure imposed upon them.
  • Parents and kids should brainstorm together about how to limit distractions.
  • Parents might want to ask teachers for textbooks or go online and buy used copies.
  • Kids DO mature! (even if soooooo slowly…..)
  • A taste for reading often needs to be purposely cultivated. Your child can become a reader! 
A Student Discovers The Joy of Reading

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS is an educator, counselor, writer and speaker. She's been a tutor, test prep coach and home school teacher for over thirty years. Click HERE to visit Leigh's website and to subscribe to her newsletter, "Learning Something New."

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Cousins, L. (2014). A Student Discovers The Joy of Reading. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 27, 2020, from


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