Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I have to share a challenge I'm sure you're familiar with. Finding books that are both challenging enough and appropriate for your avid six to eight year old reader is difficult. If I further complicate things by not including books with rude humor, my choices become even more limited. I have learned that as adults, we often overthink the humor or content of books or overestimate the traumas. Kids often read blithely through topics that are far more sensitive to people with more life experience. However, I also don't want kids to miss out on the much deeper concepts of chapter books designed for older readers, but decodably accessible for younger readers. All of this is simply a long winded way of saying that some of the books may have some occasionally questionable language and crude humor. It happens. If necessary, it becomes a great conversation starter about appropriate language and humor. As always, those are my thoughts about reading and kids. Yours may differ and that's okay.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Someone suggested to me that a blog might be a great way to help my little summer reading project experience more success. Its my first such venture, so here goes....
I'll be sending home some fabulous books for the 1st to 3rd grade reading crowd. They are varying levels and almost all chapter books. Some may be more appropriate (and enjoyable) if you read them aloud together. I try to choose books that I have genuinely enjoyed - in hopes that you will as well.
When you finish the book, write your name on the list, rate it, and pass it on to another Oak Knoll family.
It is my hope that the blog will be able to help in the overall sharing process. Sharing favorite stories, characters, lines, bits of stories, etc; finding out who has which books and where you might look for your next reading challenge. As I said, this is a work/project in process and we'll see if unfolds like the picture in my head.