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
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.