I love finding new ways to get kids excited about reading. Don’t you?
This week has been full of reading activities–Holding an Outdoor Book Tasting, Story Time, Activities for Learning, Creating a Novel Brochure… Let’s keep the fun going with literature circles for kids.
Literature circles are very like book clubs for kids, but with a little more structure. If you’re a homeschooler, there are instructions for pulling things together here. Once you have a group set up, you can plan your literature circle.
I get it. Getting kids to write book reports can be difficult. And oh, the ink and lead it can waste. (I mean, don’t you want to save the pencils?)
There are lots of fun ways to change it up, though, and this one may just be so fun that your kiddos actually look forward to it.
I’m not making that up.
Instead of pushing your kids to write a 5-10 page paper about a book (especially if they’re not even in high school yet), make a project out of a Novel Brochure. Projects are ever so much more fun than papers. You can use them as an introduction to book reports or as a fun break from writing papers.
Summer means getting outside for learning. What better way to take the classroom outside than to hold an outdoor book tasting for kids?
I mean, this stuff is fun. It’s an incredible way to get kids engaged in reading and excited about my favorite-ist thing in the whole wide world–BOOKS!
If you have kiddos who are interested in one genre and like to stick to it, a book tasting is a great way to introduce them to new stuff. If you have some friends you can invite over to take part, ask them to bring books with them so there’s a large variety. Your kiddos are sure to find something new to read, even if you just check out new books from the library to use.
A book tasting is very like a wine or food tasting, but a lot easier to put together. And nobody gets drunk or fat as a result!
If you’re like me, there is nothing more joyful than having real conversations with your littles.
There are lots of ways to accomplish that, from carving out special time to having family meals together without technology to implementing a family game night. But have you ever considered family book talks?
Gathering together once a week to talk about what your kids are reading can spark some interesting, lively conversations. Hearing the stories that intrigue your littles, their reactions to different events within their books, can give real insight into what they’re thinking and feeling.