Creative Exposure: Sneaking Books into Everyday Life
October 10, 2011 ~
Some children are natural bookworms, while others would rather do anything but read. For parents of nonreaders, we have tips on how to expose children to literature they’ll love in ways they will be open to.
Books for Movie Lovers
Do you find that your child is more excited about movie nights than any other family activity? Your film-loving child is likely interested in good storytelling, so he or she may be easily drawn to reading. Many films are based on books, and many of those books are works on the Kumon Recommended Reading List. From “James and the Giant Peach” to “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” there are a number of great books that became great films.
As a family, pick a movie based on a book that you will all enjoy. Then, read the book together and follow it up with a viewing of the film. After viewing the movie, discuss it. Talk about how it was different from the book and how it was similar. Ask your children which version they preferred. Movie night can become a learning experience.
Books for Gamers
The book-film relationship goes both ways. Many popular video games, TV shows and card games have inspired books. While they may not be the literary classics you read in your youth, these books are often the gateway to more advanced reading. If you see that your child is very passionate about a particular show, trading card set or video game, do some research and see if there are books available.
When your child’s TV or video game time is up, he or she can still spend time with his or her favorite characters by picking up a book about them. It will challenge your children’s minds, and, chances are, they won’t realize they’re learning.
Bringing Books to Life
Some books can be brought to life by your family. Act out a book or play by reading it aloud! T.S. Eliot’s famous book of poems, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” could be fun for younger, animal-loving children to act out.
You can also take a novel and bring it to life in a new way. Turn Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” into a treasure hunt. Hide Captain Flint’s treasure somewhere in your neighborhood. Make a map, and as Billy Bones, lead your children on an adventure to the treasure. They can take on the roles of characters and navigate Treasure Island. (Be sure to watch out for Long John Silver!) The ways you can bring books to life are as limitless as your or your child’s imagination!
If you have a reluctant reader, you can make reading fun! All it takes is a little creativity…and maybe a few pirate costumes.