Sunday, September 21, 2008

Let's Read! :)

My husband and I share a passion for reading and we are trying to instill that passion in our children. There are plenty of resources in our house for reading--a large bookshelf full of books, 3 newspapers that we subscribe to daily, lots of magazines, cookbooks, (they are great to sit down and read!) and of course, the computer. We also make good use of our local library. Oh...I don't want to forget to include the school's A.R. reading books!

I've set up a corner of the house with a themed reading basket. For every upcoming season and/or holiday, we will decorate the basket, and then fill it with books, magazines, newspaper articles, recipes..etc that pertain to that particular event. Right now we are decorating the basket for fall. Once the basket is filled, I will list what we are going to be reading. Everyone in the house will be responsible for helping to fill the basket. (yes, even Dad...although he doesn't know it just yet.) We will probably add some movies to go along with it.

Since Andy is working on a science project called "Falling Leaves", he will be able to share some of this information with us!

Alexis has started out the school year reading "The Kissing Hand". We followed it up at home with "A Pocket Full of Kisses". During the past week of school, they've been learning about apples. We've read "The Apple Pie Tree" several times at home so she decided to take it in to show her teacher. The teacher asked to keep it until this coming Friday, so maybe there's a chance that she will share it with the class.

Andy started out this year by finishing up "The Series of Unfortunate Events". We watched the movie afterwards and I must say that everyone was pretty disappointed in it. Then again, once you've created a movie in your head while reading a book, isn't someone else's version usually at least a little disappointing?

** Not everything goes as smoothly as we would like ........ **

After finishing up "The Series", Andy told me that he couldn't find anything else interesting to read....that started a desperate search for what seemed to yield no results. Andy's teacher came to the rescue by offering to help him find something. Andy decided that he is going to read "The Hardy Boys" series of books. Well... almost two books through the series and he's still going strong! Thank you so much for your help, Mr. L.!!

Off on a tangent for a moment.... If your children have teachers who really go the extra mile to listen to their students, to reach out to them, and to make learning fun, please thank them!!

Back on track......

Once we start filling our "fall" basket, I will list the materials that we are planning to read. Then as the baskets change, I will add to the list.

Some of the books that we've added to our fall basket:

Where is the Apple Pie?
The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree
Little Apple-A Book of Thanks
The Apple Doll
Five Little Pumpkins
Exploring Autumn
Autumn Across America
Boo and Baa have Company
In a Pumpkin Shell
The Green Gourd

Hurricanes: World's Most Mightiest Storm

When is a Planet Not a Planet-The Story of Pluto

If you do similiar reading in your house, I would love to hear about it. If you have any suggestions for great reading materials, please let me know!

~~Happy Reading!~~

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