One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read more chapter books to my kids.
In January we read James and the Giant Peach, our round one.
This month we read Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt. It’s a sweet and easy story–I’ve been reading books that we already own, so I haven’t put a lot of thought into what books we’ve been picking, call me lazy…or maybe call me thrifty…that sounds better.
Most of the time we read before bed:
But, this month I attempted to add in more daylight readings. It doesn’t always go well, much harder to get my wild-things to sit still or be quiet during the day, much less do both…simultaneously.
I’m not giving up though. I worry that in today’s world kids don’t have to exercise a lot of patience. Between iPads and smart-phones, kids never really have to sit, or entertain themselves. (Neither do adults, but that’s another issue…or maybe that’s just my issue.) So, I consider these reading session–reading books that aren’t simple, books without pictures, books that require a lot of concentration for their young little minds to comprehend, I consider it a practice in patience (for them and for me…no kidding, I go a little crazy sometimes.)
Cyclone is going to kindergarten next year–he has to practice self-control, listening comprehension, his sit-still-skills–and I believe our little reading sessions are going to benefit him in these areas. Just trying to get him ready.
I will eventually get around to renting the movie version of this book as well. I think there’s something neat about the compare and contrast aspects of watching a movie after reading the book. Asking my kids to point out the differences, forcing them to pay attention, getting their little minds working.
Makes me happy.
Like I said, we aren’t very good at daytime reading yet, but we are gonna keep practicing.
Practice, practice, practice.
And we’re on our way, today we started our next book–round three here we come.