if you’ve never read a chapter book aloud to your kids, you should. it can be some of the best bonding time, immersing yourself and your kids in the heart of a good story.
if you have girls…and i know nothing about having boys…read them the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. it is a lot of sunbonnets and feeding cows and playing in the creek, but it isn’t just that. there’s so much in that book that imprints on the mind how a child should be–Laura is brave, fiery but self-controlled, obedient and respectful to her parents but not void of a strong personality.
it also reinforces homelife. that it is good to go to church, obey and respect your parents, that your dad will always care for you, that your mom will always be gentle and capable. it establishes home as the center of a little kids universe, as it should be.
we’ve just finished On the Banks of Plum Creek (possibly my favorite of the series–some good foreshadowing in this one), and i have to admit that i teared up more than once reading this to the girls. there’s some interesting historical elements (like how they didn’t have Phones, which amazed my girls…but also the grasshopper plague, how pioneers lived at the time, etc), but the characters, especially Laura, are what captivate me.
ok, so if you haven’t read it, go read it! and don’t wait–my 4 year old and 3 year old love this series and i’ve been reading it to them for the past year.
what childhood series do you still love to read with your kids? any recommendations?