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Family Reading Fun
By Brenda Hyde
March is National Reading Month and it's the perfect time to
plan some fun reading activities. First, check your local
libraries and museums for special fun they may be sponsoring
this month. Second, do some things with your kids that will
show them how special reading is and how much fun it can be!
Reading Quiz Show: Pick a book that everyone in the
family can take turns reading fairly quickly. Have each person
write down five questions or more to "quiz" the other family
members about the book. Let each person ask their questions and
either take turns answering aloud or write the answers down. The
person who has the most correct answers wins a small prize. Make
this a fun family night with pizza and snacks beforehand!
Book Theme Dinners: Pick a favorite book and make a
dinner or snack based on the book such as an
Alice in Wonderland tea party, a French dinner with
Madeline, berries and milk with
Peter Rabbit and his friends, spaghetti and meatballs with
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, or a British
Harry Potter. Let the kids help plan out the meal, and take
turns reading the book after eating!
Garden Fun: Read A
Gardener's Alphabet by Mary Azarian,
Vegetable Alphabet Book
by Jerry Pallotta or The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle then let each
child plant their own seeds! You can plant grass seed for a
fast, fun project or let them start their own vegetable and
flowers. Use little peat pots so they can transfer them into the
garden in the spring.
Nightly Reading: If you aren't already, read a book EVERY
night before bed. Picture books are usually better than chapter
books if you still have toddlers. The older kids still like
them, and can help read aloud, and the younger ones enjoy it
Donations: If you are fortunate enough to own a lot of
books, use this month to sort through all of them, adult titles
too, and donate the books your kids have outgrown or the ones
you feel you won't read again. Donate them to a shelter or
another charity organization that will give them away!
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