Get ready! Tandem Teaching is firing up the stove today. I’ve got an easy recipe to feed your resistant reader that’s lot of fun. Consider this my answer to Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals! Hook your kid by following this simple recipe:
- Shop Go to the nearest bookstore or library.
- Pick out some of the best ingredients. Find the funny books. I’m not just talking Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom. I’m talking joke books, riddles, Shel Silverstein’s poetry. Oh, and don’t worry about levels. Make them multi-level. Throw in some picture books, too (Robert Munsch! Don’t forget Robert Munsch!) The important thing is that you get some ingredients that will appeal to your child’s pallet.
- Mix ingredients together. Bring them home, and set them up in a part of the house that is devoted to only funny books. You can call it the Laugh Lounge, or any other corny name that will appeal to your kiddo.
- Bring to a boil. Invite the taste-tester in! Introduce them to each type of book. Read them a riddle, grab Shel and read the old classic “Sarah Sylvia Cynthia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out.” Enjoy the laughs!
- Simmer at a warm temperature. Before you know it, your kid won’t just be asking, they’ll be begging to call grandma to ask her “just one joke,” or sitting on the front porch, waiting to see if he can stump the mailman!
- Enjoy. Listen to the ripples of laughter coming out of your child. Celebrate the simplicity.
I know it’s Rachael Ray, when you’re wanting Julia Child, but remember that everyone starts somewhere. This is a fun part of the journey to be present for. It’s a first step in! So, bon appetite!
Melissa is the founder of Tandem Teaching and teaches in the inner-city. She blogs weekly about tips parents can implement to enhance their connection with their children and ways to bring out their children’s inherent gifts. Contact her for a private consulting session.