This summer Bennet is 4 1/2. While she is too old to need a daily nap her younger sisters still need them for survival. While I'd love to do a craft project with her everyday during this time sometimes that's just too much work.
I came up with the idea of reading a book to her during Quiet Time. Not the classic bedtime picture books but a chapter book. I wasn't necessarily looking to teach her to read but searching for something to keep her occupied and perhaps make her think a little.
Each afternoon we snuggle up on the couch or in our bed to read. It's become a special time for just the two of us. Sometimes we'll read a couple of chapters and then nod off to sleep for a couple minutes.
We just completed our first book, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. Bennet would often stop me to ask questions. "Mom, what's a sheepfold? What's axel grease? Who taught Charlotte to spell? Why is Avery taking a shotgun on the school bus?" (Not kidding about the last one- pg. 7. He grabs a doughnut and his shotgun and then boards the bus. Only in 1952.)
Once we finished the book I got the movie from the library. My favorite comment from Bennet during the movie was "Mom, Charlotte died. But look- her babies will keep Wilbur company and he won't be sad anymore. Isn't that nice?"
On a side note I have to once again praise our local library. I am a voracious reader and am hopeful my children will be as well. Being able to utilize our library for books, storytimes and videos is such a wonderful thing.
I think our next book will be The Boxcar Children or Stuart Little. Any other suggestions?