Monday, March 21, 2011

What did you read with your child?

When my daughter was a baby, I saw some advice in the book The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease to write down the books that you read to your child. I thought it was a great idea, and dedicated a black and white composition notebook to the project.

I wrote the books down for about 3 days.

Then last winter, I saw a blog post at PBS Kids about writing down the books that you read to your children. I thought it was a great idea, and made a note to write a post about it myself. I'm just now getting around to doing it.

When I was a kid, I made lists each summer after 5th grade of the books that I read. I wish I had lists from the years before that. There are a couple of books that I would LOVE to read again, but I can only remember the basics of the plot not the author or title. I know it would be so cool to see written down what I read as a child, even if it was just the title, author and date that I read it. Even better if there was a note about how I felt about the book.

The blog post says it doesn't matter HOW you make the list, whether in a notebook, or a pretty journal or on GoodReads (or on your blog - my addition), just that you do it. I think this is important:
It doesn't matter if you arrange it by day (for picture books) or by date the book was finished (for chapter books) or by year. (However you do it, I recommend numbering your entries).
It doesn't matter if you include just the title, date and author in your entry. Or if you write down your kid's reactions to the book such as "Emily loved putting her fingers through the holes of everything the hungry caterpillar ate." Or "John just wanted to find Goldbug on each page." Or "Jennifer didn't like the part with the Wicked Witch of the West."
The only thing that matters is having one. How do you make that happen?
Step 1: Answer the question that was at the top of this post: What book(s) did you you read to your kids last night? What book did your kids read to themselves? What book did you read?
Step 2: Write it down.
Step 3: Repeat daily.

So, I'm going to pull that notebook back out, and keep it in the corner where we do most of our reading. Or somewhere handy. Maybe I'll get Monkey Georgia to help me decorate it too.


Donna said...

I didn't keep a record of the books I read to my children (they mostly read to themselves now), but I did keep all of our favourite books that we read over and over. I'm keeping them to read to my grandchildren!
Popped over from Shimelle's to say Hi! Looking forward to blogging along with you. D x

Tammy said...

I haven't kept a record of what I've read to my boys. Weird...I have kept (do keep) a record of all the books I've read.

We homeschool so my list would be REALLY long!! ;)

Unknown said...

what a great idea - my daughter is only 2 years old - but I already have noticed a chnge in what she likes to read...would make a grt scrpbook page

Fun Mama - Deanna said...

That would be a great scrapbook page! I wish I'd been keeping the journal all this time. I kept it for about a week when she was 7 months old. I know I occasionally write here about the books we read together though. I'm taking comfort in that!