You may remember from my last post about children’s literacy that I’m working really hard to give ownership to my son over the types of books he reads. We’ve found that by taking him to the library or book store and letting him select books he is FAR more likely to read those than the books I’ve been picking up and storing in our home library. For the past few weeks my son has been absolutely fascinated by the story of the Titanic. We have no idea what prompted his interest in the subject, but on a recent trip to the book store my son approached the checkout counter with two books devoted to the subject. The first book he chose was 882 1/2 Amazing Answers to your Questions about the Titanic which is a fact book (surprise, surprise!!) and the other, The Titanic, is an interactive history adventure. Between these two books he has learned a lot about the doomed ship and loves to quiz us all on the facts he’s learned over the past few weeks. The former history teacher in me is trying to soak up every minute of this! Together my son and I have spent time on-line looking at video footage of the Titanic and at images of the Titanic remains. I’m surprised by just how interested he is in soaking up information on this topic all because of two books he picked up at the store. What a relief it is for me not to have to force my son to get his daily reading minutes anymore . For us it really has been all about giving our son the lead and providing him plenty of opportunities to grab books that are of interest to him. All I can do is hope that this will help build a lifelong love for reading!
Today’s lunch is in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster which occurred on April 14th, 1912 (although the boat didn’t actually sink to the bottom until 2:20 am on the 15th). Included in this lunch is a peanut butter ship sandwich (if nut allergies are a concern you might try sunbutter), blueberries, cucumbers/hummus, string cheese, chia seed cookies, almonds all packed in a Planet Lunch Box