Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Winn-Dixie for Family Night

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.

11 comments:

Jackie said...

What a great idea! I will have to try doing that with my kids. What about "How to Eat Fried Worms?" I remember Judy Blume wrote that. I haven't seen the movie though so don't know if it is like the book.

I felt like cancelling family night last night also. Tired of the fighting! I'm glad I didn't. The kids get so excited when I say it's family night. I'm on a roll- actually had FHE three times in March! That has to be a record.

La Toya said...

How about Harry Potter? j/k

Lindsay said...

You are such a fun mom, I need help in the FUN department.

What about Boxcar Children? Maybe there is no movie...hmmm, I will think.

Jen said...

That's such a good idea. You are such a fun mom. I'm jealous.

Jen said...

P.S. What about a Stephen King book...
hahahahahahaha

Kimberly Porter said...

I love Because of Winn Dixie. It was one of the funnest books I read to my class when I was a teacher. I'd always start off the year reading that book. A few suggestions:

Holes
Where the Red Fern Grows
Summer of the Monkeys

I'll keep thinking about it and post some more later on...

Emily said...

Thanks Kim. Those are some great ones. I'd forgotten about "Where the Red Fern Grows." My mom read that to us when we were little, and she always cried. Thanks for the suggestions.

Emily said...

Thanks for all of your suggestions! I forgot about "How to Eat Fried Worms" and "Boxcar Children" - I loved those books when I was little. It's also nice of all of you to say that I'm a "fun" mom. I don't know if reading a book constitutes fun. Greg is much better at being silly and goofy with them. We just read together.

Emily said...

I think we'll definitely start with "The Shining" tonight!

Valerie said...

Charlotte's Web
Jungle Book (I just read this - I loved it!! I'm going to start reading parts of it to my kids.)

Andee said...

That's so great! I was actually talking to my mother in law and she used to teach elementary. She said she had her kids read "Eagle Feather" by Clyde Robert Bulla and "The Hundred Dresses" both of which they really loved. Oh but there's no movie for them. What about Charlottes Web?