At the beginning of the school year Jim and I met with Jack’s teacher to make sure that we were doing all we could to help Jack continue to build his reading skills. Since Jim reads with Jack most nights he was looking for some practical tips on what to do. She had some great ones for us, but that is another post.
One surprising thing she said is that we should still be reading to Jack. I hadn’t really thought it was still important to do, since he is now at chapter book level. Not picture books, but good books that are well beyond their reading level. Up until now most books we were reading with him have pictures. By reading books to him without pictures it helps him learn to create the images in his own head based on the words.
After the meeting I started on the quest to figure out the right books for us (mainly Jim) to read to Jack. Eventually he would be ready for Harry Potter, but not quite yet. My friend Dana suggested Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and then after we finished it he could watch the movie (the original, not the crazy Johnny Depp version). It has been a good fit, especially since Jim doesn’t remember the story. Jack always begs for one more chapter when Jim tells him it is time for bed and he eagerly awaits the next reading.
Now I am starting to populate a list of books for them once this one is finished.
– Little House on the Prairie
– Fantastic Mr. Fox
– A Christmas Carol
– The Mouse & the Motorcycle
– The Tale of Despereaux
– Charlotte’s Web
– Beezus and Ramona
That is what I have so far, do you have anything to add?