Classic Starts

Story Time

While the boys and I were at the lake earlier this summer and Greg was home, managing our Chiropractic office he came up with a great idea!  I think he was missing his family and it inspired him to come up with a valuable, educational, and fun way we could spend some time together, and at no cost too!  Greg decided he would like to read classic stories to us every night.  Most of them book that he had never read but always wanted too.  Classic stories in literature such as “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, “Treasure Island”, “Oliver Twist”, “Black Beauty”, and more.  He told me his idea over the phone one night and I thought it was perfect.

He went to the library and checked out “Gulliver’s Travels” from the library.  The first night we were back he tried to read from the book with Jack, Walt, and I.  It was a fabulous idea but the book he checked out was the original written in old english and slow to start.  Jack was off the couch, wondering the room and talking about his trains after a few minutes.  However it was still a great idea for some quality family time so I got on the library’s website and looked for a juvenile version of that story.  I reserved it along with Greg’s choice for our second book, “Around the World in 80 Days”.

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When the books arrived a few days later Greg chose to start with “Around the World in 80 Days” because he continued to read the adult version of “Gulliver’s Travels” himself and didn’t want to spoil the ending.  The Juvenile books we checked out were from a series called Classic Starts.  They are chapter books, maybe a reading level of 4th-6th grade (just guessing).  They are about 150 pages.  They were perfect for Jack.  He could understand the story line.  It moved fast enough that he could follow but not too fast.  Greg read 1-3 chapters a night of “Around the World in 80 Days” until he finished.  We asked Jack questions throughout the story to make sure he understood what was going on.  We all really enjoyed it.  Upon finishing the story we checked out the movie and watched it.  It was great to see Jack remembering various scenes from the book and he enjoyed watching the show.

We have now started Gulliver’s Travels.  I think this one is a little harder to follow but Jack is hanging in there (he is only 3).  I have been really impressed that he has been able to sit there through several chapters listening.  We thought it would be good for him to listen to the story and use his imagination.  A nice change from the picture books he also enjoys.  I am looking forward to Greg reading us the rest of the Classic Starts and following up with the movies.

The library is such a great resource for families.  My family didn’t frequent the library much and it is something I definitely want to take advantage of with my kids.  Besides kids books there are story time’s for kids, interactive computer games, and adult books and movies too.

Do you visit your local library?  What is your favorite thing about the library?

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    Beth Gehret said,

    summer reading program
    our library does a big kick off event (blow up bouncy house, slide, etc.) gets the kids really exctied
    a weekly I Spy … at the library (kids of the world, the beach, flags of the world, etc) they earn prizes
    monthly family night, movie, popcorn, etc
    themed story time, one week it was water, the kids wore bathing suits and had water balloons, guns, etc
    an awesome reward system for reading an age specific number of days a week (crayons, coloring books, rulers, library cloth bag, frosty coupons, hamburger coupons, not the cheap toys that fall apart in 2 minutes), makes keeping the kids reading during summer break much, much easier

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    Stefanie Osborne said,

    We have a weekly library habit. I don’t understand why people buy books. You read them once and then have to figure out where to put them. There’s this great place called the library, where they will keep them on a shelf in case you need them again, and it’s free!
    Currently, we are going through a Roald Dahl phase, and just read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Glass Elevator and the BFG. They loved them all!


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