Thursday, July 12, 2012

Midsummer night's dream

Someone famous wrote a play by that name…Shakespeare, of course. One of the things we need to add to our children’s 6th grade curriculum is exposure to great works of literature. Summer time is a good time to do that for a number of reasons.
First on the list is the fact that summertime is a great time to curl up with a good book.
On those hot days when it is just too miserable to go outside your child could venture off to some exotic destination by reading a great piece of literature.
Second, many theater companies do plays by the greats, like Shakespeare, during the summer. Remember that his plays are good to read, but they were intended to be presented live, and so seeing a Shakespeare play is so much better than reading one.
Finally, summer reading programs through libraries and other organizations offer great incentives to get your child to delve into books that they might not normally pick up to read for pleasure. Seeing you reading a great book might encourage them to read, or you might even make a summer adventure out of reading out loud. You might think your sixth grader is too old to be read to, but amazingly, that is not the case!

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