Since Christmas, Lulu has been reading like a house afire. In fact, I have to insist that she stop reading and do ___________ numerous times a day. I’ve been attempting to keep a list in the sidebar of the chapter books she reads, but I’m pretty sure I’ve already missed several. She reads and re-reads and reads and re-reads, to the point that she has re-read a few books more than once, I’m pretty sure. Of course, she loves anything by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and I have introduced her to the sequels and prequels that are written by various other authors. I’m something of a purist myself (although I have to say that I adore Melissa Wiley’s blog, so anything she has written must be good!), but Lulu’s insatiable appetite for pioneer stories must be fed!
Yes, this is a good problem to have, but I’m wondering–how do I feed this hunger and guide her toward good literature? So far she’s mostly reading what might be considered twaddle–series fiction, some of it possibly even written by committee. We all know that well-written literature requires more effort. I don’t want to squelch her love for reading, but I also want her abilities and understanding to grow. She is somewhat resistant to suggestions, although I have had some success with the “strewing” method. Ideas, anyone?
Yes, that’s me, masquerading as the unflappable nanny herself. While I’m nowhere near as, well, perfect as Mary Poppins, I did enjoy my date with Bert the Chimney Sweep at our homeschool group’s annual themed parent dinner this past weekend. The high school students did a fabulous job of presenting a Night at the Oscars. This has, of course, given my girls a hankering for the book again (we read it a few years ago, and I mentioned it briefly here), but I’m not sure I’m up for it yet. The movie sanitized the Travers version a good bit, in case you haven’t read it. 🙂