Sweetly Six’s “BunBun” at the Bookstore
Tomorrow evening, Sweetly Six and I are attending our very first Little Girl’s book club where we will be discussing Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary. We are both so excited. A friend of ours put the group together by thoughtfully assembling five girlfriends who love to read.
Sweetly Six has read for as long as I can remember. Frequently she says to the HOTY and me, “I love being a book worm!” …which is Silver Lined music to my ears!
There are tons of Silver Linings to a children’s book club. Here are my top 10 reasons why I’m especially excited about participating in our new book club:
- They provide a comfortable, communal atmosphere that promotes reading, critical thinking, and expressing ideas.
- It provides an extra-special glimpse of how and what children are really thinking about the world.
- They are a fantastic place to promote learning master literary skills including fluency and new vocabulary words.
- A group provides an opportunity to try different types of books incorporating different ideas and concepts that a child might not otherwise have chosen.
- Participating enables a child to increase knowledge and gain an appreciation of the surrounding world.
- They do wonders for communication skills by providing a forum for in-depth discussions and learning to assimilate differing opinions and viewpoints.
- Book clubs are a great way for children to begin to express opinions, summarize & present information in a coherent and engaging way to a (safe & small) audience.
- They are a wonderful source of ideas as well as motivation for children to start writing their own stories.
- Book discussions help children practice turn-taking, encourage them to use language to analyze, make predictions and solve problems.
- They may also provide parents & children with a way to explore and discuss difficult topics in a safe way, e.g., bullying, conflict resolution.
What I like most about book groups is that they are FUN!