Each month, our family has a fun themed movie night, usually based on a book we’ve read aloud together that month. We call it our Family Book Club. This month’s book-movie pairing was The BFG by Roald Dahl. We had a lot of fun celebrating one of Dahl’s most well-loved stories!
One of my favorite things to do this time of year is read Christmas books with the kids. Reading with the kids is actually one of my favorite things to do all year long, but everything is made better at Christmas, right?
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all our children just naturally loved reading? Of course! It would be equally wonderful if I naturally loved making dinner but, let’s face it, that’s not happening. Instead, I do what’s necessary to make dinnertime work for me (the crockpot and 15-minute meals are my BFFs).
The same is true for our kids and reading; we have to make it work for them. Some kids naturally enjoy reading and some would rather eat dirt than read for just twenty minutes. (I have one of each in case you’re wondering.) So what are we moms to do when we want to instill a love of reading in our unenthusiastic children?
Pick a Pumpkin, Mrs. Millie!
Mrs. Millie is silly! In this fun story, Mrs. Millie takes her class to the pumpkin patch, where her students spend the day guessing the real meanings of her nonsense words. The story is cute and clever with an emphasis on rhyming, as many of Mrs. Millie’s silly words rhyme with what she really means to say (dragon instead of wagon, spider instead of cider, and so on).
Have you heard of a LitJoy Crate? Until a few months ago, I hadn’t. I stumbled across their site by chance and, being the huge book nerd I am, decided to give it a try. Now we’re sort of hooked.
Before I knew anything else about how I wanted to approach homeschooling, I knew reading aloud to the kids would be a big part of our routine. You don’t have to look hard to find about a bazillion studies on the importance and benefits of reading to children – things like developing critical brain connections and unique bonding opportunities between parents and their little ones.