Paprika (8) is doing AWESOME on her reading challenge. Basically, she is reading one chapter book/day for the 60 days leading up to Halloween. If she does this, then she will get to pick out the Elsa Costume of her choice (not the one on Sale – which is the one I would choose – haha).
She has been reading 1 or 2 chapter books/day to get there – she was reading all Magic Tree House books (from the library) – these are easy chapter books that focus on events in history (I guess you’d call them Historical Fiction). The books are easy for her- she could probably be challenged by more difficult books – but at this point, I just want her to love reading and get in a daily habit. Mission Accomplished!
Even though these are “easy” chapter books (Grade 3/4), she gets a lot from them, and then at the end of each book, I have her do a little oral book report for me – and we discuss what happened in the story, and often that leads to further research about whatever the book was about. For example, last week one of her books was set in Pompeii during eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. That led us to do all sorts of research online about Mt. Vesuvius, volcanoes, and what life was like for the people of Pompeii. Fun stuff!
Well, she’s burned through A LOT of those Magic Tree House books – and I thought she might be ready for something new, so we’ve moved on to Magic School Bus Chapter Books! They sound sort of similar, right? Magic School Bus, Magic Tree House…Potato/Potatoh.
The Magic School Bus books are all about Science – so it’s a break from the historical fiction she’d been reading! Paprika loves the Magic School Bus television series (now on Netflix). We love the science kits from the Magic School Bus Young Scientist Club – so this series of chapter books seemed to fit.
I tried to find them at the library BUT they were all lost or not available, so I bought a set of the first 16 books on Ebay used – for less than $10 including shipping. Yay! So – this week, she’s been reading all about Science in her Magic School Bus books – and we’ve been doing our same oral book reports and research afterwards. It’s a lot of fun!