Do you read with purpose? Do you make sure your young students are reading with purpose?
Even if your littles are reading a book or a chapter every day, even if you’re reading aloud together, sometimes we get caught up in the story or a time crunch and forget to read with purpose.
Reading with purpose is easy to do, and it’s important for comprehension and memory retention. And even though sometimes reading should be for the pure, glorious fun of it, sometimes we need to buckle down and pay close attention.
Have you ever made a time capsule?
You know, you gather a bunch of memorabilia together, stuff that is important to you or speaks to who you are as a person, put it in a box, and bury it to be found later so people of the future will get you.
We did that for my senior class in high school. Each member of the class put in one thing that represented him or her as a person and it got… buried? I don’t know. Total transparency, I think I skipped that day.
Hey, it was the last week of senior year and I was an honor roll student. I deserved a break.
Well, my delinquent shenanigans aside, I have a very cool idea today for making reading fun.
If you don’t know me by now (sing it with me, 80s babies), let’s get one thing straight.
There are two things I love about reading books.
One is that they are a pleasant way to educate yourself without falling asleep over a textbook.
The other? That’s the magic, my friends. When I fall into a good book (and my most recent are The Colorado Kid by Stephen King and All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque), I get to go somewhere else. With King I got to go to the Maine seacoast and listen to two quirky gentlemen tell a very eerie story. Without Remarque, I would never have any idea what it was truly like to be a soldier in World War I.
That’s the stuff.
When kids think of police officers, they often think of sirens, chases, and arrests. It’s exciting stuff, but it’s not all the police do.
Lucky for us, we have James Burd Brewster and his Glad to Do It series to teach our kids about another side of police work–the real hero stuff.
Officer Jack Underwater introduces Officer Jack and his partner, Officer Kate, and follows them as they save a woman trapped in a car that is slowly sinking into the river. The officers use brilliant team work to get the woman out of the car. Brewster uses sparse language to take the scary out of the story and build up the heroism in a non-frightening way.