Monday, November 21, 2016
Masterpiece -- Reading with Kids
The end result of this negotiation was Masterpiece by Elise Broach. My son had to push himself to catch up and finish but ended up loving the book. And I quote: "Now I know that a lot of the harder chapter books are worth it." I read Masterpiece as well, sometimes aloud to him as we were in a crunch time situation, and thought it was a great mystery about friendship and family dynamics that also gives kids insights into the art world.
My older son read and loved Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach just last year. Wondering if I can convince my third grader to read that one just for fun. Maybe a family read-aloud? Masterpiece would be a good read-aloud.
Should I have stayed out of it and made him suffer through a Hardy Boys book that he wasn't enjoying? I don't regret intervening because the end result was a very positive reading experience and plenty of momentum for the cereal box project that accompanied it. Should I have made him talk to his teacher about switching books instead of doing it for him? Yes. Next time.