Wednesday, August 22, 2007

On the Care and Feeding of Bookworms


Simeon's bookworm is coming along. In the last five weeks he's read...

The Penderwicks, Jeanne Birdsall
Abraham Lincoln, Ingri D'aulaire
If All the Swords in England, Barbara Willard
By the Great Horn Spoon, Inc. Sid Fleischman
Stuart Little, E.B. White
St John Bosco and St. Dominic Savio, Catherine Beebe

Next up...

The Trumpet of the Swan, E.B. White
Homer Price, Robert McCloskey

Simple ideas to encourage reading (Nothing earth shaking here)...

1. Make your book lists reflect your child's interests.

2. Let your child choose what she wants to read from your lists.

3. Buy your child a special bookmark as an incentive gift, or make decorative bookmarks at home.

4. Let your child stay up for a reasonable time past bedtime to read.

5. Read with your child-- you have your book, she has hers, but you sit in the same room together reading and sharing a cold drink.

6. Once it is time to go up to bed, let your child read himself to sleep using a book light.

7. Discuss with your child what she is reading. Show interest in the story as she tells you and ask questions.

18 comments:

Mary Ellen Barrett said...

Excellent list Suzanne. Thanks fr sharing. I am probably going to have to steal the bookworm idea too :).

Margaret in Minnesota said...

Go, Simeon! Do you want a penpal? Because I have a 10-year-old bookworm, too.

Just a quick comment on his reading list (all of which look excellent): we loved listening to The Trumpet of the Swan together (as read by E.B. White). Ah, the memories! He's got a great accent, first of all, and second, he's just an amazing writer.

That's all I have to say about that.

Well, not really, but I've got to go check the potatoes. ;)

Suzanne Temple said...

Thanks for the suggestion Margaret. We might just have to listen to The Trumpet of the Swan together.

Suzanne Temple said...

Thanks Mary-Ellen. Steal away and post pictures, too!

Johane said...

Question Suzanne... Are your references to female children Freudien slips? ;) lol

Seriously though, I love the idea. I'll have to snag it too for my little ones... Maybe I'll have a few more avid readers before long! :D Your reading tips are super helpful too. Thank you for sharing them.

Suzanne Temple said...

You're funny, johanne. No slips here. I am aware that not ALL children are male, even though mine happen to be--for now anyway.

rachel said...

Suzanne,

Did Simeon illustrate each circle according to the particular book? I can't make out the drawings in the photo. We have a ton of little foam shapes that need to be used up. Thanks for the ideas. Sam is right on the cusp of taking off. These incentives will be great!

Suzanne Temple said...

Hi Rachel, No, they aren't illustrations, he just wrote the title of each book on the circles--he doesn't have the best handwriting when there are no lines, but he does OK. We use the circle from the Montessori insets. He traces it on colored paper, writes the title and cuts it out. Sticky foam is a great idea, but can be hard to remove from some walls--I am still removing some off the dining room wall from a Jesse tree we did years back. Go Sam!

Jane Ramsey said...

Wow! He's doing great. I'm looking forward to the day that my oldest can read on his own!

rachel said...

I look forward to hearing what you/Simeon think about Homer Price. That was recommended to us years ago by the Sternhagens. Sounds like a great book!

Beck said...

What a wonderful idea! I'm really looking forward to reading The Penderwicks.

Tracy said...

Thanks for your ideas. We will be hosting some worms at our house too.

Ouiz said...

Love the bookworm idea! Do you write down all the books he reads, or just those on your booklist?

I need to get a booklist started. Any ideas/suggestions would be appreciated!

Suzanne Temple said...

Ouiz, the bookworm is just for the chapter books he reads on his own. You can find our lists at Amazon if you search my name on their wish lists.

Sarah said...

Though my own little bookworm is a little too young for these, I couldn't help but feel all warm and fuzzy and just...well...hopeful somehow when I read your post. I say I'm on the fence about homeschooling, but here in the advent of everyone starting back up and writing about it, I know the truth in my heart. And then I read a post like this, which isn't really about homeschooling at all, and yet is everything I love to think about when I think of homeschooling.

How's that for an off-topic-must-be-the-hormones-typing comment? :)

Suzanne Temple said...

Thank you Sarah, I just love your comment--hormone induced or not.

E Caughron said...

Just another idea for encouraging reading that works well in our house, get rid of the TV. Our boys have to be peeled away from their books and we believe that is in part due to the fact it is their man source of food for their imagination.

Suzanne Temple said...

I agree completely, erin. The same is true here.