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Monday, June 7, 2010

To Have and to Hold and to Read

"To simplify things, I may just order 500 copies of Kama Sutra. Hopefully this will get my kids into college."

That quip is posted in the comments to the article Growing up With Books Boosts Child's Education Attainment. And the jab is justified: The mere possession of a large number of books is not going to raise one's academic abilities. That much is true.

But it's also true, according to the study, that those who grow up in a household with 500 books do much better in school than those who don't have nearly as many.


Obviously, for whatever the reasons, households with tons of books are the kind of environment where more learning happens. The cause isn't the ownership of books. Even so, there is a correlation. And as Amber Naslund observes in point #5 of this post:
Cause and Correlation are different. [But] correlation can be just as valuable in terms of justifying our efforts. [W]e're not conducting science experiments. We're simply trying to understand what helps and what hinders.

And growing up in a household with a large home library helps. Plain and simple. Though, the bits and pieces that make up this reality are, I'm sure, incredibly complex and convoluted.

In short: You should buy complete Sonlight packages right now to start building a huge home library!


Right. Sorry, the sales rep inside broke out for a minute there. The point is this: There appears to be a correlation between owning books and a solid education. Sonlight promotes owning books and strives to give you a solid education through said books. Therefore, Sonlight is a fantastic option. In fact, Sonlight is the best homeschool option... though it may not be for you.

But as the comments which started out this post illuminate: Simply having means little. You have to do something too. This is particularly relevant to this blog because earlier today I was greeted by the following:

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Sure, I have a blog--or nine--but having them is merely the first step to allowing me to connect with you. I need my blog to be available so I can write a post. And I'm grateful that, after several hours, I was able to do just that.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Surrogate Father


Grateful for Grace said...

Is there anything in the study that mentions having a household with lots of books (or 5 SL cores) means you have books on shelves in every room and boxes of books in closets? That sometimes you weigh the need for more cloth diapers against the desire for more books?

Cherish said...

We're at the point where we may need to move just to accommodate all our books. It's sort of scary.

I believe the studies actually disproved that it was the presence of books (they tried putting books in a random selection of children) and actually showed it was the act of role-modeling reading that seemed to be the clincher. It just so happened that those that read more tend to also have more the books were a 'symptom'.

Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...

LOL Yes, nothing like those pretty picture books to boost your preschoolers' pre-reading skillz...

se7en said...

We can barely breathe for books - so we must be so educated!!! Or at least on the road to it!!! My husband grew up in a home without any books - not one, I lie: there was the telephone book. That was it. Too weird - I was surrounded!!!

Robin E. said...

Is there any feature on the Sonlight website that will actually total up the number of books I have bought from you all? I don't want to count them all myself, but I wonder if I'm over the 500 mark yet. Since 75+% of the books we own are Sonlight books, you giving me a number would give me a good idea. :D

Luke Holzmann said...

Grateful, that's great! >smile< Nothing in the study that addresses that, but I'm familiar with the experience.

Cherish, I'd be shocked if the mere presence of, well, anything, really affected learning. But I totally believe that reading--and reading to your kids--makes a huge difference >smile<.

Mrs. C, I bet getting 60 copies of Time for Friends would do wonders >smile<.

That's very interesting, Se7en. Different family cultures... of course, the day of the phone book may be passing on.

Robin, if you go to your Sonlight Account, copy the contents there into a spreadsheet, I'm sure it could show you how many titles you've purchased >smile<.



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