3 Easy Ways Grandparents Can Keep Reading Going during Spring Break
If you’re like me you already owe your parents a million favors (not to mention a million dollars). So what’s one more little, itsy, teeny, weeny favor? The kiddos may have spring break, but for me work life still goes on. Lucky for the kiddos they get to split their time between the two grandparent’s houses. While they are gone I am hoping that they somehow, someway squeeeeeeeeze in a little reading time. Here’s my attempt, with the grandparents guided help.
Middle and High School
1. Send short stories with older kids and ask granny and granddad to discuss what they read. Okay to be honest it’s not likely that grandma or granddad and your genius high schooler will have time to read and discuss an entire book in a few days. Never fear. Try out a book filled with short stories.
Read Blackberries, Blackberries
Read All Aunt Hagar's Children Lost in the City, Jones has filled this new collection with people who call Washington, D.C., home. Yet it is not the city's power brokers that most concern him but rather its ordinary citizens. All Aunt Hagar's Children turns an unflinching eye to the men, women, and children caught between the old ways of the South and the temptations that await them further north, people who in Jones's masterful hands, emerge as fully human and morally complex, whether they are country folk used to getting up with the chickens or people with centuries of education behind them.
2. Ask the grandparents to read one chapter at night with your whiz kid. The chapters in these elementary chapter books are usually pretty short… certainly grandma has twenty minutes to spare to contribute to her little grand whiz kids education? Emma the Easter Fairy
Every year, Emma the Easter Fairy paints the three special eggs that make Easter sparkle. But this year, Jack Frost has ruined everything! The magic eggs have disappeared. Now the chocolate is melting, the eggs are going bad, and the Easter Bunny is missing!
EllRay Jakes and the Beanstalk
3. Ask grandma or granddad to make a beeline to a book right after bath time. Right after the nighttime bath the kiddo’s grandparents can curl up with them on the couch to read as many books as possible. These books go by fast so the grandparents can keep you on track if the teacher sent home a reading log over spring break. Happy Easter, Everyone!
Here’s to Closing the Achievement Gap!