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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Summer Reading List

Here's a fantastic list of fun summer reading for kids, from Teresa Fagan. Sometimes even the most committed-to-books mom is lured into upping the screen time for kids in the summer. Here's some kick-in-the-pants motivation from Fagan, a mother of eight, to unplug:

Our kids are bombarded by bad books, TV, and video games — so how do we get them to read good books? First, we must convince ourselves that it’s worth the effort to try.

The most serious battle going on in this country is over the souls of our children. It is impossible to exaggerate the power of the image to form or deform the way they think. It is crucial to arm them with heroes that make virtue attractive. This will entail exercising your God-given authority, but that’s what it’s for.
For starters, get the TVs and computers out of their bedrooms, and drastically curtail their use. Cut the plugs if you have to. Then, stock the house with good books.

When they’re bored, they will read.

Next, insist they read only books from a list or publisher you trust. It’s not easy, but many families do this. A guideline: assume that any book published after l960 is guilty until proven innocent.

If your children don’t have the habit of reading, require them to read at least a book a week. The reading level doesn’t matter so long as they enjoy the book. Leaving an enticing book out on a table will lure some children into reading it.

Reading aloud to them is as good as their reading on their own and has the added benefit of strengthening the bond between you and your child. Sometimes all it takes to convince them a book is good, is to read aloud the first two chapters. Some will grab the book from you to finish it on their own. Others you will have to tantalize by leaving off at the exciting part, so that in order to see how it ends, they will have to read the book themselves.


Laura at By the Bushel said...

thanks for this reminder & reference. Football season is approaching, which means cable gets turned on, and my God-given authority over tube time must be exercised. We've laid some great rules & rails down this summer, activity has spiked, but... when it's available everything changes. I think of television like I think of crack-cocaine. Drastic yes, realistic comparison... I don't think I'm way off.
Hope your 4th is a happy & blessed one!

Sharon said...

I've been reading Joan Aiken to my kids lately, and while it is quite enjoyable, I have to say there is a complete lack of morals or any point to the stories other than sheer enjoyment for the kids listening. Which makes a change when we listen to Fairy Tales on CD in the car to and from Holiday Club, and in between stories stop the CD to discuss the moral of the story. Joshua in particular likes to work it out.

Sharon said...

Mmm I've never heard of most of these books. Thanks for the link to a different list of Good Books.

Mrs. Edwards said...

You're right, TV can be so addictive. We keep it off unless we intend to watch something (avoid having it "just on"), but when we do have it on for news or sports, my kids are drawn to it like iron to a magnet.

Thank you for returning the favor as I hadn't heard of Joan Aiken! I was thrilled with this list, as well, because it had several authors that are new to me. Just when I think I've heard of every worthwhile children's book, I stumble on a list like this! So exciting.

I requested several from the library and one that Sydney read within a day was "Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio." I read it too and agreed with her that it was very, very good.

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