Reading is at the top of my Favorite Things to do List.
Over the years my tastes have evolved from chick lit (Kinsella) and Mystery (Patterson) to memoirs (Moehringer) and non-fiction (Hillenbrand). But, I generally have anywhere from 5-20 books on my bedside table in various states of consumption. My family is used to seeing me retreat from the evening chaos to curl up on my bed to read for "a few minutes" nearly every day.
Reading is my normal.
And I really want reading to be something that my kids enjoy, too.
That being said, reading hasn't exactly come naturally for either of my girls.
When they were toddlers, they would never sit still long enough for me to read to them.
Ain't nobody got time for dat.
Which is probably why she didn't start *really* reading until First Grade.
But, even then (and now) she sees reading as a destination, rather than a journey.
It's just something else to check off her To Do List or,
most recently, as a way to earn AR points to buy trinkets at school.
Anna started reading in December of last year.
She can sound out words,
has several sight words memorized
and can make her way through most of the BOB books,
but I wouldn't say she loves it.
Again, it's more of a means to an end.
And, if it's something that Ava can do then, by God, she's gonna do it, too.
I saw the idea of a Kids Book Club on Pinterest and started doing a little research.
Lots of pinning.
And I decided to give it a whirl.
Most kids, mine included, will read whatever you tell them to read,
but they aren't just going to pick up a book and start reading...
especially during the summer.
So, a Summer Book Club made perfect sense.
It will be a way for Ava and her friends to stay in contact,
stay focused and stop the "summer slide"
that occurs during the lazy summer months
when there is very little learning going on.
I invited a few of Ava's peers
that I thought were all on the same reading / interest level,
assigned our first book - The Chocolate Touch -
and we were off!
The first meeting was a hit!
A few of the girls couldn't make it due to graduation /
end of school stuff,
but we had a good group of five (plus little sister)
that made it easy to facilitate discussion and activities.
The girls answered about 25 questions about the book...some fact recall, some prediction and some comprehension / analysis, while they enjoyed a Hershey's chocolate bar. I was pleasantly surprised how well everyone did on the questions. Everyone obviously had done their homework!
Then, they completed a candy word puzzle (unscramble the letters),
while I prepared the chocolate fondue.
Next, we all enjoyed various foods
(strawberries, pineapple, pretzels, graham crackers, marshmallows, etc.)
dipped in chocolate!
Finally, the girls decorated their own book bags
and folders for them to store their Book Club goodies!
We plan to meet every other week during the summer
to encourage regular summer reading and to, hopefully,
spark a lifetime love of reading!
Our next book is Clementine by Sara Pennypacker! Can't wait!