What do you think Harry Potter’s meals at Hogwarts were like?

halloween_feast_foodNow that is a conversation I can imagine having at my dinner table. I have a son who is currently entrenched in the world of Harry Potter. Sometimes (it pains me to say), we have to literally remove the book from his little hands as we sit down at the dinner table. “We want to talk to you when we’re at dinner,” I say as he reluctantly puts the book aside. What if books and food became worked together in our lives to promote literacy and healthy relationships.

The Family Dinner Project out of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero uses research to back the notion that drawing explicit connections between reading and family dinner does indeed promote language and literacy development as well as healthy family relationships.

In reading Bari Walsh’s recent article, “How to Raise a Voracious Reader”, I’m inspired and convinced… The Family Dinner Project is gong to make it’s way to my dinner table. Check this out if you think you might want to give it a try in your home too.


Reading Lives… Share Your Journey

bookyourtrippromo1_wide-35f1b45a9d74345351eeae8c86b22cf1be23a34b-s900-c85I’ve been following a series of posts on a favorite blog of mine, Nerdy Book Club, called “Reading Lives”. Reading these posts offers a clear reminder of two powerful messages:

1) There is no one way to be a reader… we come to reading at different times and in different ways. We find comfort in and interest in different types of books. We bring our reading into our homes and work places with uniqueness that is our own.

2) Our reading lives matter. Being in touch with our own reading lives and sharing our stories with children not only supports our teaching, it also supports children in their ability to engage in the work of building a reading life of their own. Children need to know that the love for reading does not generally magically materialize. We all have (or have had) paths to travel to get to the point where our reading life feels robust, important, and worth holding close!

Share your journey with others, the bumpy and tiring parts as well as the thrilling and captivating parts.