• Kristin Hankins

Family Book Club

Family, food, and a good read-aloud... It just doesn’t get better than that!

I used to be intimidated by the thought of trying to be creative enough to do something fun with my kids after we finish reading. Also, I used to feel like I needed to rush through everything, so that I could get more done. (After all, that Mt. Laundry is never going anywhere!)

Lately though, I’ve tried a whole lot harder to slow down. And considering I truly want our read-aloud experiences to be memorable, I probably shouldn’t rush them...

Homeschooling 3 children with a toddler and a newborn in the house keeps me on my toes. I’m learning that slowing down is one of the best things I can do for all of us. There are some things that can wait. My kids; however, won’t be little forever.

That’s where Family Book Club comes in, combining all of our favorite things. Here are a couple that we have done lately:

Lord of the Rings... Considering we have been working our way through for over a year, it deserved a big to-do. Because of food allergies, we can’t have nuts or cheese, but we had our own version of a hearty hobbit meal + forager’s feast. We listened to Return of the King on Audible while we snacked. I even sent the kids outside for some autumn wonders to use as decoration. We loved it!

How to Eat Fried Worms was quick and full of laughs. My husband chose this book from his childhood and read most of it aloud. (Side note: it has been an amazing experience to have my husband remembering a few books he enjoyed as a kid, and then reading them aloud to our kids!) When he finished, I made our own “dirt” cake (chocolate cake with crushed Oreos on top) with “fried worms.” We ate it while we watched the movie, which ::SPOILER ALERT:: was nothing like the book!

In what ways have you celebrated beginning or finishing a book? What kinds of meals have you prepared to go along with a book? Do you watch the movie after?

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