Monday, April 21, 2014
Reading Together (Still and Again)
All of that is to say that one of things I did back in the day was have a little Read To Me challenge. It was for me as much as anyone, though I did want to encourage others to read to their children as well, especially once they were reading on their own.
I recently wrote at 5 Minutes for Books about a similar initiative that Scholastic is undertaking, challenging families to make a new habit by reading for 20 minutes for 20 days. I still read with Amanda, my 15 1/2 year old, but with her schedule, there's no way that we'll read for 20 minutes a day. But I can commit to read with Kyle, my son who is almost 10, each day, and to continue to make the effort to read with Amanda.
If you don't make it a habit to read with your older children, I encourage you to do so. It is something that is a treasure to me and to my kids.
So for this month's What's on Your Nightstand, I'm going to focus on what I'm going to read with them.
Platypus Police Squad: The Ostrich Conspiracy over the weekend. If we really do read every day, it won't take us 20 days to read it, so I need to be ready with our next selection. He's been reading Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Amanda and I read the first two or three of them together, and I enjoyed them, so I'm thinking that I might jump in and read the next one with him. I think he's on 8 or 9, but he can fill me in.
Amanda and I have started Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief, because it's probably her all-time favorite series, Kyle fell in love with it last summer, and they still can't believe that I haven't read it. We are maybe 20% into it right now, so though we won't be reading every day, I'll try to finish it this month.
Do you have any suggestions for great read-alouds for me and a 10 year old boy? We tend to like funny books, and if they have a big dose of heart on top of that, it's even better.