Thursday, November 5, 2015
A classic for a reason
In a way, you can say it is only fair since I have challenged both kids to reading 50 books for B and 100 books for C by the end of their school year. B is blitzing a path through books, and will have no issues at all making it. In fact, I have to pull him back a bit since he half cheat and includes Geronimo Stilton books which he chews up and spits out for dessert, For C, it is such a bigger deal because this is the year he is truly making the inroads to reading. Reading for C is B's learning how to walk. Slow progression, but moving in the right direction.
For me, it is all about their letters and their numbers. To have numeracy and literacy... and the rest will fall in to place.
I start with a picture of the book, and then I go on a tangent. However disparate, I think these different trains of thought are somewhat linked. If I think all teens should have to read Frey's book A Million Little Pieces and hopefully scare them off of drugs (or take your kids on a road trip down to the Vancouver East Side for a dose of the dark side of drugs)... this is a book about humanity. It is truly timeless, and a classic, and I was entranced. What a book. Thank you, Cher for recommending this one for us to read. I loved it. I may even be a better person having read this book. Well, that may be a stretch, but this book deserves it's title of being a classic and it too should also be required reading for teens for an entirely different reasons - this is a book about the human condition and it doesn't get old.