Friday, February 13, 2009

Teaching A Love of Reading

Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely LOVE to read. My bedside table generally has a stack of 3-4 books, waiting to be read. I seldom leave the house without a book in my hand (you never know when you might have to wait 5 minutes for a child to get finished with practice, or get stopped by a train).

My kids know that if I ever disappear (you know, run away), they will most likely find me in my favorite place on earth ... our local public library.

Because I find so much joy in reading (I'm currently reading eat, pray, love by Elizabeth Gilbert -- HIGHLY recommend it! In fact, I'm considering moving to Italy for a year as soon as I finish reading this book, just to learn the language...and perhaps to get some first hand glimpses of these Italian men with their "liquid brown eyes"), I am always trying to come up with ways to help my children fall in love with reading as well.

Yesterday, since Luke's older siblings all had to go to school, but Luke's pre-school had the day off, Luke and I ran some errands, including a trip to the library and then McDonald's for lunch. I hadn't taken many photos lately, so I grabbed my camera on the way out the door, and snapped pictures of our outing.

While Luke was napping, I spent about 30 minutes playing around with the photos, and created a book, starring Luke, titled Luke's Really Fun Day. I had a report cover in the house, so I 3-hold punched the pages, and put the pages in the report cover. (If you want to take a peek at the fun things we did, you can see a pdf version of Luke's book here: Luke's Really Fun Day -- Click on the title of the book under the letter "L" and then for a really cool view, click on the double page book at the top).

When Luke woke up from his nap, he was ECSTATIC to have his very own book. We've already read it 48 times, and he wants to take it to school next week to share it with his class.

I think he loves reading :)


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