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Weekend Plans? How about Books and a Movie?

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Weekend Plans? How about Books and a Movie?

Hopefully you have time to enjoy some quality time this weekend with the kiddos now that the school week is done.  Got plans?  How about movies and books? I know, I know…it’s the weekend.  With kid’s activities waiting on Saturday and Monday’s work week quickly following behind, it’s time for a school break.  But, learning over the weekend can be easy and simple. Watch.
1. Choose a movie.
I love a great movie.  There’s nothing better than sharing great parts of a movie with someone afterwards.  Any kid movies in particular you and the family are interested in?
 2. Choose a book.
Sometimes after a movie we are able to think about books we’ve read that may have a similar theme or problem as the characters in the movie.  Simple conversations about a similar themed book and movie can be helpful. 
Let’s Try an Example:
 Are the kids itching to see the new movie The Nut Job? How about pairing The Nut Job with a book like Mrs. Jafee Is Daffy! (My Weird School Daze Series #6)?

Movie – For kids 5 and older

The Nut Job

 weekend reading parenting tips

An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang's bank robbery.



Book – For  kids 6-10

Mrs. Jafee Is Daffy! (My Weird School Daze Series #6)

parenting childrens books reading comprehension tips


The new vice principal of Ella Mentry School has some crazy ideas on how to teach kids. A.J. and the gang have to stand on their heads while they do math! They have to take a spelling test underwater! Everybody has to do yoga! Could it possibly get any weirder?


3. Talk about the movie and book together.
Either before or after the move make plans to read the book (or any another great children’s book you can think of with a similar theme).
During dinner or on the car ride home ask or point out comparisons.  For example ask questions like:
  • How can creating a plan help to accomplish a goal?
  • Were there any similarities in the two plans?
  • What worked and did not work in the two different plans?

Believe it or not these simple steps promote literacy, reading comprehension and text analysis!  All great skills for test taking.



The same can be done for older kids. - Tweens and Teens (7th -12th Grade)
Any interest in the movie I, Frankenstein? Great!  Have your tween or teen read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and discuss comparisons over dinner! 
I, Frankenstein

Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.



In a series of letters, Robert Walton, the captain of a ship bound for the North Pole, recounts to his sister back in England the progress of his dangerous mission. Successful early on, the mission is soon interrupted by seas full of impassable ice. Trapped, Walton encounters Victor Frankenstein, who has been traveling by dog-drawn sledge across the ice and is weakened by the cold. Walton takes him aboard ship, helps nurse him back to health, and hears the fantastic tale of the monster that Frankenstein created.
Haven’t read Frankenstein since you were in high school? Or did your English teacher make you read the Scarlet Letter instead of Frankenstein? No worries.  Find a wonderful summary and list of questions to help guide your conversation right here!

Have a Happy Weekend!!


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