Classic literature is "classic" for very good reasons. Don’t let this summer pass by without exposing your kids to at least one piece of age-appropriate, timeless literature.
Some parents may shy away from classics, perhaps thinking they may be too difficult or too boring to hold a child’s attention but nothing could be further from the truth. Classics can inspire, spark conversation, foster creativity and open doors to new adventures. "Classics give glimpses into past societies and lifestyles that are significantly different from what we’re used to, offering a chance for us to learn about those differences and often providing perspective and insight into our own lives," says Erin Fawcett, an expert in children’s literature and author and illustrator of an upcoming series of children’s books. "At the same time they contain common themes that are still very relevant to the lives we lead today."
Summer is a great time to encourage your kids to tackle some age-appropriate classics and breathe life into learning. "There are lots of ways to incorporate related activities to these books and when kids aren’t at school for six to eight hours a day you can use the extra time to actually live the stories which will go a long way in supporting their comprehension of what they’re reading," says Fawcett. While children get lost in a literary journey, parents can enhance the experience by planning crafts, field trips and meals inspired by the story lines.
Not every child will willingly embrace a summer reading list filled with classics but moms can help their kids conquer the literary divide. Fawcett offers the following advice for mothers of reluctant readers:
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