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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.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow Day Read-Alouds

Hope came to my door this morning. "Mom, are all the schools closed today?" I could hear the howl of the wind outside, even as she spoke.


"Are we doing school?"

"Yes, but Hope, when all the other kids are in school in May and the weather is warm and wonderful, we'll be outside."

She smiled.

We'll stick to our school assignments, but if you have kids that are stuck at home away from their school assignments, here's a way to redeem your day: gather them around for some reading aloud.

They could sit and color, or they could cut-up magazines and paste together a collage, or they could make paper hats and chains as you read. Don't know what to read? Here are some suggestions that you might find on your shelf, or be able to find online or for your e-reader, since you probably weren't planning ahead and stocking your bookshelf for a snow day. You will enjoy reading these as much as they enjoy listening.

Charlotte's Web or Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, or other Narnia books, by C. S. Lewis
Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling, especially Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Burgess Animal Book for Children, by Thornton Burgess
The Story of Rolf and the Viking's Bow, by Allen French (After watching "How to Train Your Dragon" your kids might be ready for some more Viking fare.)

Or, for older kids, try reading True Grit by Charles Portis. I'm reading this out loud to my husband this week; what a great read!

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