|Join Screen-Free Week |
May 2-8, 2016
How do you get your kids unplugged?
- Lead by example.
- Substitute screen time with face time.
- Plan a family activity.
Years ago we discovered the fun (and benefits) of reading out loud.
Thanks to Margaret Mary Kimmel and Elizabeth Segel,* we built irreplaceable family memories around a bowl of popcorn and The Wizard of Oz. Next came Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and A Bear Called Paddington by firelight. And nothing can replace the summer we drove to the shore with a copy of The Ghost in the Noonday Sun. We started it on the drive, but finished it in rocking chairs overlooking the ocean. I still recommend a family gathering around Sarah, Plain and Tall. Start your own traditions this week and see where your bookish adventures lead you.
|Sarah, Plain and Tall,|
By Patricia MacLachlan
|The Ghost in the Noonday Sun,|
By Sid Fleischman
Try a few of these titles from your local library. They make great read-alouds.
|Celebrate Screen-Free Week|
*For more information and recommendations, check out For Reading Out Loud!: A Guide to Sharing Books With Children.