in books and in poetry, news and magazines. Stories live in our heads and hearts. Everyone has a story so therefore, stories are alive in every household.
Stories are meant to be told.
And stories are meant to be listened to. Grandparents and Grand friends are wonderful listeners.
Read With a Grandparent
- Elementary school age children typically have reading homework every night during the school year. Continue this wonderful habit during summer by reading to an older person. Let them choose a book they love, even if it is the same one every time. Practicing their reading out loud is a great way to learn and grow in reading.
- Children who cannot yet read may tell a story using their own words by looking at a picture book. This encourages imagination and wonder. Other children may do this as well.
- Read from poetry books like Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. There are many others if you search the web, and many available at local libraries.
- Read from rhyming books like Dr. Seuss. They are rhythmic and so fun to read aloud.
- Pick a longer summer read and read a portion each visit with an older person. Choose some classics like Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, The Hardy Boys Series by Franklin W. Dixon, or Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson. Check out some of these other classic stories for reading ideas. Although some books in the list are adult books most are classic children’s books.
- Switch off and let a Grandparent or Grand friend read to a child.
- Check out some reading adaptations and recommendations for older persons under books.
- Visit a local library together and pick out books together.