Saturday, June 21, 2008

Saturday Sixer

Fables and Fairy Tales:

At summer school, we try to change things up a bit in the area of reading. My main focus is exposing the children to different stories, mostly at their level, with very repetative lines. We usually will read a book a couple times a day for a couple days.

This week at summer school, I was getting ready to read with three of my students and quickly came to the realization that none of them had read The Gingerbread Man before or heard of it. Ever! I can bet that all of them have seen the movie Shrek with the Gingerbread Man in it, but had no clue what story it was coming from.

Don't parents read to their kids anymore?

I remember reading a lot of books with my parents growing up; curling up on the couch or chair with a big book.

Looking for a post idea?

Try this Saturday Sixer....

List six of your favorite children's stories/books:
  1. Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  2. Princess and the Pea
  3. The Ugly Duckling
  4. The Emperor's New Clothes
  5. The Tortoise and the Hare
  6. Little Red Riding Hood

9 comments:

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

I'm surprised so many kids had never heard of that story. We used to read to our kids every night at one point in their lives.

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

My wife teaches sixth grade...and unfortunately sees the results of kids not reading enough at a young age. Needless to say, our kids have an entire book shelf of children's books to read and we read them at least one story every night. And because of my love of books, they will have hundreds of books and novels to choose from as they get older. If I impart anything on them as they grow up, it will be a love of reading.

Jess said...

When I have kids, they better love reading. Or I'll lock them in a cage.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

I came back to add something. As an adult, I'm not fond of reading. I'll read things to learn stuff, but not for fun. But I like books on tape. Maybe we never get too old to enjoy having someone to read to us. :)

Firefly's Running said...

Wow! That's so sad!

Ms. V. said...

I wish my summer school experience was like yours though! You could have Seniors who haven't passed Sophomore English! Hang in there!

Lily on the Road said...

So good of you to get those children to read. Love your Six Pack!

Reading helps create the imagination. Without being bombared by visuals, like TV, DVD and video games, they will have to use their own visions...plus learn to spell!!

Keep up the GREAT work!

Marcy said...

Wow, that IS sad! Not only for the "reading" benefits but it always helps calm the kids down before bed :P At least that's what we do here. Go grab your 3 books, we read, and then get yur butt to bed LMAO!

Ms. Math said...

My parents read to me all the time and still have all my old books. I can't wait to take them out and share them with my kids.