Best Toys Worth the Money
I have always lived in small spaces with my family. Baby 1 lived in a 550 square foot, one bedroom apartment and two parents. Baby 2 lived in an 1100 square foot condo with baby 1 and two parents. Now my family of 5 lives in a small house. I still find it necessary to purge toys at least four times a year. In fact, as a rule, I find that for every incoming toy, there must be an outgoing one. Read more…
Best Graphic Novels for Kids
I learned the stories from the bible through comic books as a child. I attended the local Presbyterian church down the street of our old house which my parents sent me to because the neighbors went there. My mother grew up Buddhist and my father didn’t have much exposure to religion growing up in pre-Communist China. Nevertheless, they think that the bible is part of American culture and encouraged us all to attend Sunday School. Read more…
Carry Subtraction App Teaches Like a Tutor
I don’t personally know Esa Helttula, the creator of Trade-First Subtraction and other great educational iPhone and iPad math apps, but I could kiss him! He really gets what kids need help with in elementary school math. The tricky things. The things you must slow down and think about. He must have been or currently is a teacher of some sort. Clearly a kick-ass one! I wish I had him teaching my kids math! Read more…
Civil Rights Chapter Books for Kids
How do you teach your child to stand up for what is right, especially if it’s dangerous? I don’t know the answer to that, but I suspect that it helps to have role models who have overcome hatred, death threats, jail time and violence to fight for a better world. Read more…
Easiest Thank You Notes for Kids
Sometimes the hardest part of a birthday or present-receiving holiday is the thank you cards afterwards! We insist that our kids write thank you notes. Sometimes it’s the only way their relatives who don’t live nearby know that they’ve received their gifts! Read more…
I run two book clubs for my kids and participates in a book club for my last kid. My kids say that our book club is their very favorite activity in the entire world. I notice that there seem to be two schools of thought when creating a book club. One version is a parent/child book club that tends to be a little more structured and literary. My book clubs are more along the lines of an organized play group centered around creating interest in reading.
In today’s post I’ll go over:
- Ideas for Books, Activities and Snack
- Easy Kids Book Club Idea
- Over 20 Great Activities from Successful Book Club Meetings built around the book’s theme
Book Club for Kids: Ideas for Books, Activities and Snack
If you are thinking of creating a book club for your child, some advice:
- Defining the group will help alleviate hurt feelings later on. For example, my two book clubs are centered around a group of kids who are all friends from a particular class . My preschooler’s book club is defined by all the kids who will attend the same elementary school one day.
- 4-7 seems to be a good size for a book club. Start smaller if the kids are younger. You can go bigger if you require an adult in attendance for all book clubs.
- Choose a group of compatible kids AND moms (or adults) even if it’s a kids-only book club.
- Length of book club is as short as one hour to as long as a sleepover, but 2 hours is a good general timeframe as book clubs are kind of like a small birthday party.
- For my book clubs, the hosting family chooses the book and supplies it for all the members. For other book clubs, the host mom might buy copies of the book for everyone, but each parent pays her back. If a book club kid already owns the book, it’s one less the host needs to buy. Sometimes the kid chooses the book, sometimes there are suggestions from the organizer to choose from, and sometimes the parent picks the book — it’s all good!