Read as a family

A home without books is a body without a soul – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Love, some say, transforms the empty shell of a house into a home. I agree with that. When we fill a home with books, however, we give that home a soul. Books read individually and shared, books read as a family and discussed around the kitchen table, books passed from one generation to the next. This creates a tradition of love and literacy that extends far beyond the individual home and into the very fabric of society.

The traditions that we pass down to our children and communities are so important. The reading of good books should be one of them! Unfortunately, rushing from school to gym practice to volleyball to homework and dinner, we forget to breathe! To read and breathe.

The true test of character is not how much we know how to do but how we behave when we don’t know what to do -  John Holt

NOW TRY THIS – Grab a book that you think all of the family would enjoy. It could be fairy tales, poems, a novel or short story. Read with your family! Read after dinner for a few minutes. Read while breakfast happens before school. Don’t feel that you have to finish the chapter or finish the page or finish the paragraph! Just read for however many minutes you have!