I love to read, and one thing I'm thrilled about is the kids' love for reading. They are both great readers, but I've had a difficult time keeping them interested in finishing books they start at home.
I realized a couple things were necessary in order to con the kids into reading at home. To start, I created a little reading nook in their bedroom, a place that is well-lit and comfortable. I found several colorful, large, comfy pillows at the thrift store and piled them on the floor beneath a lamp. Too easy.
Next, to the thrift store I returned to browse the book section until I found something that fit the particular interests of each of the kids. I found one for Amanda titled "Mandy" about an orphan who finds solace in her imagination and in a cottage she finds on the outside of the orphanage property. Imagination, adventure, fantasy, title with her name...BINGO.
For Brandon I found a book about a fourth grader who finds a spacecraft outside her window and gets taken to the planet Smoo. Adventure, space travel, funny names like Smoo, Gax, and Poog.
Who wouldn't love a book like that??
They are hooked. My kids are now reading amok, disappearing to the nook to sneak a few minutes here and there. Amanda needs a little help getting through hers because of the huge words it contains, but she is captivated with the story.
Score one for Mama K.