The first half of the year under our belt, it was time to take stock of where we stood and discover if we were ‘on track’ with the year’s reading plans. Would our routine within stand the scrutiny or need to be revamped?
(sigh of relief) Okay, it looks like we are doing just fine! Two of my kiddos are zooming through their reading lists; one of them all done, but for her Bible reading. My little one doesn’t have a required list quite yet, but he too is doing just fine with his reading. So, it looks like our yearly plan is panning out so far.
Having required reads is definitely a plus for all of us. I don’t have to remember to pass out assignments each week and the kids get to choose which books they read on their own, in whichever order they prefer.
The downside… getting the kids to remember to look at their lists. Occasionally I will look in their binders and remind them to get busy on them, but usually they are pretty good at taking care of business on their own.
The biggest struggle is when you have a read that just doesn’t interest them at all. While I would like nothing better than to let it sit by the wayside, this just doesn’t sit right with me. Not everything in life is going to be fun and enjoyable; I think this is one of those areas I need to push. Good literature is never a bad idea, whether or not we think we’ll ‘like it’.
Thankfully, most of their reads are enjoyable. We’ve had lots of fun discussing, critiquing, and recommending various books over the first half of our year. A few of them have movies as well; we watch those whenever possible as well.
Now, let’s hope the second half of the year is as successful as the first!
How do you handle reads which don’t interest your child? Do you make them read anyway or wait until they express a desire to dive in?