food served before main course: a small dish of food served at the
beginning of a meal to stimulate the appetite
2. stimulating sample: a sample of something that is meant to stimulate
Okay, I definitely mean the #2 definition. Kids are a sample meant to stimulate an interest in things like: hiring a housekeeper, having 5 bathrooms (at least if you have girls), selling any breakable valuable, living in a grocery store, pulling your hair out, etc. Love you kids!
Of course potato skins and cheese sticks are also appetizers, but much less expensive and more likely to fit in the #1 definition.
Enough playing around and giving my children another thing to bring up when they are adults going to therapy.
The reason I am bringing this up is, my girls have loved to read since they learned how. I worked in daycare a long time ago, and I firmly believe that it is often easier to get girls to be interested in reading, than boys.
That being said, my son, who just started 2nd grade, had his reading level tested and it at a 4th grade level. This success is almost 100% attributable to Captain Underpants. If you have never heard of this series of books, you are missing out. They are by author Dav Pilkey, who also writes other children’s books. My son and I read the entire series earlier this year. I told him when we started that the books were at a fourth grade reading level, but the harder words were worth the hilarity of these books. Even if you don’t have kids, you should check these books for laugh out loud funny stuff.
Anyway, there are a few other series of books that my son seems to enjoy, so I am going to pass those on. I think that no kid should grow up thinking reading is boring just because they haven’t found the right book, so for little boys, here are a couple more great authors/series of books:
Wiley & Grampa’s Creature Features – by Kirk Scroggs
Miss Daisy is Crazy (My Weird School Series) – by Dan Gutman
I know another “not so funny” post, but kids not reading is also not funny, so sorry to all my humor loving friends. Please don’t ditch me yet. 😉