I love books. I've said it, er, typed it here on CafeMom many times. Okay, actually insert whatever a good word is for "much more than many" in there. I've touched on this subject from every possible angle...but a lot of those bits were written before my Kiddo was a reader.
Now, we are a family of three readers (alas, FInners the Beta fish hasn't mastered it yet). Kiddo has to read 30 minutes a day for school. Usually, it happens at night, after dinner and homework, with pajamas on, in her bed, while I do the dishes. It struck me we rarely read together. Reading together, having your kids see you love reading is one of the best ways to build that literacy foundation. With the hectic schedule that is our Life, just like everyone else, it is tough to squeeze in time where we each sit, noses tucked into pages.
So, I'm trying to figure some new-ish ways for us to be a family of readers, thinking of a few "outside the box" ideas to cultivate our love of reading together.
-- Try new genres. We often each have our own book we are into at the time, usually fiction. I'm reading Allegiant, Kiddo is reading a book from the Catwings series, my husband is reading a historical fiction novel. I'm considering trying out an idea where we all read a non-fiction book or a biography or some poetry. Exploring and then sharing what we discover or a poem that really moves us can spark brand new discussions those fictional tales can't.
-- Read the book, then have a movie night. I know, not many books-turned-into-movies are great, but watching how someone imagined the book and then brought it to life is fun to see...and chatting about how it compares to the movie we each made in our minds while reading it is totally cool too. A few movies we've loved to watch: many of the Dahl books like James and the Giant Peach and Matilda, The Lorax, and Indian in the Cupboard.
-- Attend book events. Head to a book-making workshop at your local art store or listen an author talk at the library. Both are great ways to inspire you and your little ones to think about the tales all of she may want to tell and everyone in the family can find out more about what goes into creating those books you love to read.
Do you read together as a family? What are you reading these days?