So many good books, too little time.
As the weather starts to warm up, we spend less time indoors doing schoolwork. We have pretty much finished up our studies for this year, so as we wind down, our indoor activities start to turn into outdoor activities. Over the summer though, there is one activity that never stops. That would be reading.
Reading is something I’ve never had to teach. Though I did teach my youngest dd to read, I’ve never had to tell them to read. It’s just something they do. Books end up everywhere in my home. They can be found in the living room, kitchen, bedrooms, and yes, even the bathroom. I have at least one dd who is a “bathroom” reader. Bookshelves abound in my home, as they do in most home-school families. I recently acquired a much larger one for the girls room. I get some sort of weird satisfaction out of moving books around and organizing them.
I allow for lots of time to read during our days. I circulate books around the house. Sometimes a book in the living room that has collected dust would be picked up if moved to the bedrooms. Kind of like when we used to recirculate toys for toddlers. Same principle, better result.
I’ve also noticed a variety in the girls personal preferences for books. Presently, my youngest dd (8 yo) is most interested in books about animals and an even greater enjoyment if they happen to be true stories such as Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat. My oldest dd (10 yo) tends to re-read her favorites like The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S Lewis, again and again.
A considerable amount of books are brought home from the library. Usually these would consist of a variety of literature related to our study in history and science, but I recently picked up a neat idea from one of Susan Wise Bauers’s workshops when she was in town during last years BC Home School Convention. It was something her mother used to do when she was home schooled. It’s a concept that helps the kids familiarize themselves with the library and it’s catalogue. During the library visit each child is given their own basket and asked to pick out five books of their choice. However, they must pick one from each category: History, Science, Literature, Poetry and a book about numbers (math related). I have adopted this little task and the kids seem to really enjoy it. I also found they were reading more poetry, which is something I’m not very consistent with.
As the lazy days of summer approach, it’s a good time to break out the children’s reading resources. Fantastic resource lists can be found in both Honey for a Child’s Heart, and How to Grow a Young Reader (see my side bar). Take some time to peruse these lists and add some fresh blood to those bookshelves. There is much more to be said on the topic of reading. Too much to write about here. I will share more in future posts.
I will leave you with this question. This summer, what will you be reading?