Remember when your kids wanted you to read them a story. Such a nice time together. Sweet memories.
My granddaughter Veda, who is in the 4th grade, has a reading assignment to read 20 minutes a day. This is something rather new and the kids get rewarded for reading. Sometimes her teacher takes them out to dinner or they have a movie night at the school and some other really nice rewards after a grading period of reading.
One night Veda asked if she could read out loud for her 20 minutes. She's reading the Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie. I said "Sure." That was the start of something really special.
Each night she stays with us, she reads her book outloud while I prepare dinner and after dinner while I do the dishes. Occasionally when it starts getting dark, we go outside, light a candle and she reads by the candle light. What better way to read a ghost story? All creepy and shadowy!!
Veda stops reading. We talk about what might happen next. There is excitement in her eyes as we toss around ideas. She starts reading again. The tension is thick as the story unfolds. Ah she was right. A big smile beams across her face.
She reads a chapter or two and has exceeded her 20 minutes. She's quite pleased with herself. The book is put away and we both can't wait to start another chapter tomorrow.
This is such a special time, me and Veda taking a journey into another place together. Something we may not have done if she didn't have to read 20 minutes a day.
Homework can be a good thing.
Sallie Wysocki Art