WAYS IN WHICH THE FRONT PORCH LIBRARIAN BREAKS WITH THE LIBRARIAN STEREOTYPE:
- She doesn’t own a cat.
- No appliques. Ever.
- She enjoys making messes and really isn’t all that organized.
- No glasses – she only occasionally wears readers.
WAYS IN WHICH THE FRONT PORCH LIBRARIAN IS A STEREOTYPICAL LIBRARIAN:
- Loud rooms annoy her – she prefers quieter spaces.
- She dons comfy, librarian shoes.
- If you are going to the trouble to put something away, put it away exactly where it belongs, says she.
- She loves making lists.
CREATIVE WAYS IN WHICH YOU CAN GET YOUR CHILD TO PRACTICE A LITTLE READING AND WRITING OVER THE SUMMER:
- Write postcards and letters to friends and relations.
- Journaling and Scrapbooking.
- Make lists.
KINDS OF LISTS YOUR KIDDO CAN CREATE:
- Grocery and other to-buy lists (not that a list will keep you from purchasing twice as much as you intended when you make your next Target run).
- To-do and other honey-do and chore lists.
- Back-to-School (I’m sorry to have to go there already) lists.
- What you want for your birthday/Christmas/for the tooth fairy to bring you lists.
- A Bucket List – Things you want to do before you leave this world.
- A Goal List – Things you want to do this week, month, year…
- A R.A.K. List – Random Acts of Kindness list of all the people who you can do things for and different acts of kindness you can perform.
- Favorite lists (as in: what are your favorite foods? Movies? Types of animals? Ice cream flavors? Most kids love talking – or writing – about their favorite things. Oh, and? Make your own list – then you can compare your answers and get to know each other a bit!)
- Imaginative Lists. Get creative! Ask some off-the-wall questions, have your writer make a list in reply. Here are some examples to get you started: ~If you discovered a new planet, what are some names you’d consider naming it? ~When you grow up, what careers do you think you’d enjoy doing? ~If you could create a new dessert, what ingredients would it include? ~If you could go back in time and meet people – real or fictional – who would they be? ~If you’re deserted on an island and can magically have 10 things from home, what would they be?
WHY LISTS ARE AWESOME WRITING AND READING PRACTICE:
- Complete Sentences not required. Short ‘n sweet.
- Lots of White Space. Appear easy enough to pull off.
- You can get creative. (Colored pens? Add some glitter? Create a border?)
- They can be used. They’re practical.
- Un-fussy. Few instructions needed. (Everyone knows how to make a list!)
- They can be FUN!
Our children learn how to read and write in school – what better way to see their work in action through a useable list?
Keep Reading (and list making),
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