Finding time for literacy in a Blackberry-paced world — 4 Comments

  1. Funny, I put my foot down Sunday night about too much tv and electronics with my kids (8,9,15,16). I suggested to my 8 year old son that he go grab a book and work on his Racine Reads and Six Flags reading logs/contests. He started a Diary of a Whimpy Kid book he rec’d for his birthday and is almost done. As we were getting in the car to go pick up his sister, he asked me if he could bring his book, then asked if he could turn the light on to read it…..HE IS HOOKED! I am excited.

    An hour or so later when we are back home…”Max, what are you doing?” I call from the kitchen…….still reading. Mommy freaking, happily.

    He finished the 200 page book last night. Amazing.

  2. Dear Paula, How wonderful! We too have had great success in our household with Diary of a Wimpy kid. What do you think about reading one of the books that your son is reading? My boys have enjoyed reading the series with me, when I’m able to carve out the time. I’ve come across some thoughts on how to engage discussion in the Wimpy Kid series that might be interesting to try:
    – Would you ever keep a journal?
    – Would you include art and humor the way author Jeff Kinny does?
    – What do you think of Greg’s friendship with Rowley? Do you have friendships like that?

    For more ideas on how to engage discussion with your kids on what they’re reading, check out:

    Thanks so much for the post! Happy reading!

  3. Hi Aaron,

    Sounds like a great idea. Sadly, while I impose reading on my kids, I am a terrible reading role model for my kids. Though, I think they may think that I am more of a reader than I am as I have books on my nightstand and actively carry a book around with me (ie: thinking I’ll read in the waiting area during daughter’s dance class).

    I will take on one of your suggestions, check out the website, and probably blog about our experience.

    I actually write a blog as part of my business (really not wanting to shamelessly plug, really). And this technology overload episode and my son’s sudden reading interest, prompted me to write about it:

    Like I mentioned, he finished that book and now is onto Rodrick Rules (just started last night). He was back at the DS Wed-Mon.

    Do you suggest reading the Diary of a Whimpy Kids books in order?

  4. Dear Paula

    Thanks for the link to your blog! I encourage others to check it out for some funny and informative discussion around parenting, grandparenting, and foster parenting, as well as information on kid and family-friendly events in the Racine, Kenosha, SE Wisconsin area.

    I wonder if your son might be willing to share some of his thoughts about Diary of a Wimpy Kid for your blog? While it might not be possible to read alongside our kids all the time, I think that the very process of discussing books with your child can be just as important. It might be a fun way to engage his unique perspective!

    And to answer your question, I don’t think it’s vital to read the whole DWK series in any sort of linear way. Might be best to just try and keep up with what your boy is reading — sounds like he’s moved on to Rodrick Rules!.

    Thanks for the comment. I’m hoping to have a new post early next week.