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Reading Suggestions for Kids

Reading! Video & Book Lists to Keep Your Kids Incentivized!

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Sharing all my tips in the video to help your kids learn to love reading! INCLUDING how to get teens to read!  

πŸ‘‡πŸΌHERE ARE MY BOOK LISTS!!πŸ‘‡πŸΌ - For all the phases that I talked about!

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Elementary, I Choose You Choose Phase

Teir I

Tier II

Tier III

A couple things to be said about the books in Tier II & III.

  • Complications: A Surgeons Notes on an Imperfect Science. This book is in Tier II because of what it teaches about the medical field. Not a pleasure read but OH so great to understand that we have to be our own advocate and how to handle things in the medical field. 
  • The Screwtape letters is my favorite book of all time BUT it is easier to get into it if you understand the premise of the book. For this purpose I recommend you read it for sure first before giving it to your kid.
  • The Family Crucible I read in college and it stayed with me in understanding family relationships. It is vital and purposeful BUT it is not on the list because it is "such a good book" its in Tier III because of what it teaches.
  • Atlas Shrugged. I loved it. I read the beginning, listened to the middle and read the end. It is a lot to get through. For that reason I think the way I did it works really good. It is a great one to talk government and organizations with your kids BUT remember how I said I would do this even as they grow older? This book is definitely that. One to dive into for experienced readers OR when they are older for sure.

And Lastly -This is a great one to

Read Aloud To Your Teens

For awesome conversations about $$

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Hope you guys love the lists! Include in the comments below if you have any suggestions on books you love! 

*Also a note on the movies that go along with these books.... always a great reward when the movie is good!  We liked, Summer of the Monkeys, Where the Red Fern Grows, Holes and the Giver from I choose you choose. AND we do not recommend The Sign of the Beaver movie.

From The Tiers we loved The Glass Castle, Follow the River, The Help, The Book Thief, A Monster Calls and Atlas Shrugged.

The Difference a Hammock Makes!!

You wanna go do your reading in the hammock?  Who doesn't?  My kids loooove it when the weather cooperates with their reading time, offering solace in the hammock. It is one of the best places to hang out at our house.  I seriously wish I had a mom "making" me do my reading in the hammock!! lol!  

I love having these chair hammocks. They are perfect for reading because you are totally relaxed while sitting in them, but still on an incline, sitting up to read and I guess not laying so far back that you just fall asleep.  I love them, my kids love them.  I have cherished getting into our hammocks with my kids.  They hold up to 300 lbs so it is the perfect snuggle spot.

Reading is great but it is also good to just relax and talk with your kiddos.  Or put the hammocks next to each other and tangle your feet together! Just sayin'! Think about this quote, "your teenager needs eight forms of physical touch during the course of one day, if they don't get it from you, where are they going to get it from?" All the more reason to play footsie with them, or give them a foot rub or just tickle their legs and watch what comes out of their mouth.  

Also think about reading to them at night in the hammock with blankets and a flashlight.  Tiny little things that mix up routine and make for great memories! 

 The first link below is the blue and green hammock that I have.  And the second link, is the stand that I have two of.  Love the stand option because you can move the hammock around which for us is most useful when we do outdoor movies.  The third hammock link looks a little more like the size of my hammock that has yellow. (It is no longer on amazon.) Which I like them a little bigger.  Ours was a little too close to the ground but our easy fix was to clip two carabiniere clips holding the strings wrapped around the pole one time each.  It shortened the hammock just enough and we still get the space of the larger hammock, especially helpful with two kiddos on your lap!  The fourth link is great if you are looking for something a little less colorful.  Hope you are carefree swinging in yours!