Do you have a reluctant reader at home? Does your child grimace at the thought of reading each night? Many parents probably raised their hands at these questions. I also can bet that many of you would say that your children love computers, social media, and immediate feedback, right?
If you have a Twitter account, you can connect with anyone in the world! Really, anyone. At a conference I attended this past weekend, Kristin Zemke, talked about how her first graders love to connect with authors. They do this through the use of classroom blogs and Twitter. Now, the students do not have these accounts, of course, but she does. The teacher holds the account and then allows the students to tweet from it with her guidance.
An idea she shared was that of having students tweet to the author of their book. I love this! Many times, she said, the author will tweet back! As an adult I have tweeted to an author and felt so excited when they replied back, how would a child feel if this happened?!
So at home, make a goal: finish a book, read this chapter, read for 20 minutes, etc. Then tweet the author. How? Usually a Google search of the author's name + Twitter handle will turn up the account (look for a little blue checkmark on their profile to make sure it is a verified (real) account). Then tweet.
I have shared this incentive with teachers at school, offering my own Twitter account for students to tweet from when they meet their goal. When we start getting replies, I will post them on here so you can see! Send me any that you get as well, email@example.com. Let's get kids connected!
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