I mentioned it before, but I've been reading "Because of Winn-Dixie" to my kids for the past several weeks. Actually, Macy probably only listened to about half of it because of her attention span, but Austin was totally into it. It's been harder for me to get him to read out loud with me the past several months. So, I decided to read this one and not pressure him. When we were done with the book, he asked me if on our next book, we could take turns reading paragraphs. Yeah! Anyway...we had a lot of fun reading it. The book is set in a very small town in Florida. It's a very relaxed book with a lot of introspection - so not really fast-paced or full of excitement. But, we both really liked it.
For Family Night, Greg set up the projector in the basement, covered the windows with heavy blankets, and we created our own little movie theater. We all bundled up on the floor and watched the movie. It was cute, and pretty true to the book. Since Greg didn't read the book with us, he would ask periodically, "Is that in the book?" There were some things that I really couldn't remember, but Austin could. That kid has a phenomenal memory. He really amazes me.
We had a lot of fun. Austin had a hard day at school (again!!!), and I was irritated with him (again!!!) to the point that I almost canceled the movie night. I am so glad that I didn't! We really had a lot of fun watching it together. The funniest part was that Paige got a hold of the remote near the beginning of the movie. Somehow, she turned on the subtitles and changed them to French. So, whenever there was any writing on the screen (a sign, note, etc.), the French writing appeared. We laughed every time!
We did this last year with "Swiss Family Robinson" - read the book then watched the movie. So, let me know if anyone has any suggestions for our next book.