Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Take those books outside!

From the laundry basket of the Homegrown Mama

At the beginning of the year, I started the book 15 Minutes Outside and dove into it as a way to get myself and the kids outside during those days of the year when leaving the house is the last thing I really want to do. What I love the most about the structure of the book is that it is broken into months and the activities are suited to the seasons.  Here are a few of the ideas for June:

  • Sleep under the stars
  • Celebrate Summer Solstice
  • Draw "lanes" on your driveway for the kids to ride their bikes and play traffic
  • Do a playground tour
  • Act out your favorite story
We spend a lot of time outside.  The favorite spot in the yard is our sandbox and I've found it is the best time to read to my children.  You see, children are very tactile beings and they can absorb more if their hands are busy.  So we sit outside in the sand and I read aloud.  Currently, we are reading through the works of a.a. milne.

Think about it.  When could you squeeze in a little extra reading?  Playing in the yard?  Waiting for swimming lessons?  Taking turns while you pick berries?  Sheltered on your porch during a summer storm?

Reading and the outdoors go perfectly together, but we need to teach our children this joy.  And sometimes, we even need the reminder ourselves!  Get outside; grab a book, your children and start reading.  

1 comment:

Eco Yogini said...

i love reading outside! Especially in the park.... :)

i try to read on the ferry (when it's nice i sit up top so i can breathe in the atlantic ocean air).

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