Today is the day for books for that hard age, 6ish to 9ish.
I had something else planned, but decided to post about this particular book, because Shaemus hasn't put it down since it arrived two days ago (except to eat, and even then, he ate quickly).
50 Dangerous Things (you should let your children do)
It's based on this TED talk:
(five dangerous things for kids—that you should let them do)
Shaemus is so excited. He wants to do everything on the list. Thanks to this book, he wants a pocket-knife. He wants to learn how to whittle. He wants to learn origami. He wants a complete toolbox. He wants to learn how to stand on the roof, which he did one time, he informed me, and he LOVED it. (So he says)
We'll see how all this goes, all these fifty dangerous things. But in the meantime, he is reading an informational, nonfiction book geared toward adults and he loves it. He's asking me what words mean every five seconds. He wants to know what these words mean. He is craving to know.
Which just goes to show what motivation is all about. Give a kid a book they are INTERESTED in, and they will struggle to make sense of it. On their own. Because they want to.
Interest = motivation = a learner = a reader
(I made that up—very deep, I know.)