“What to do with the kids during a snowstorm?” Hmm…
It’s not often that my reaction to something online is, “Oh, come on!” 🙂
Well, that’s how I felt about this
Our now adult kid lives in the Boston area, and they are expecting a snowstorm. That’s not usually news 😉 but this one is, and it’s meaning that some school districts are closing for a “snow day”.
I get that a change in routine can be challenging, especially if you have kids who are quite young…I’ll go with under five.
It also may mean that an adult is staying home in an unusual situation, and that can be hard, too.
However, the answer seems easy to me for older kids, or would have been easy for me and my siblings.
It’s a four letter word.
It rhymes with “need”.
Certainly, that’s what I would have done as a kid if “trapped” in the house.
I would have looked forward to a day like that, for just that reason. It’s also what my parents would have expected me to do.
The “what to do with…” can indicate what the disposition should be (“What should we do with all these bubble gum wrappers?”), or indicate something you will both do together (“What should we do with Kris and Pat tonight?”). Both meanings work with reading. You can let your kids read on their own, or you could read to (and with) them. That works even if they are too young to read (but old enough to enjoy it…which can be quite young).
A situation like this particularly lends itself to “binge reading”…starting through a series. There are several great series that you can get legally for free (Oz, of course, for me immediately comes to mind…I’d start with the second book, The Marvelous Land of Oz), because they are not under copyright protection (they are in the “public domain”…the public owns them).
My record in a day as an adult was three and a half novels. 🙂 It was the Expendables series by Richard Avery. They are “popcorn books”, definitely quick reads. Unfortunately, not available (at least legally in the USA from Amazon) for the Kindle.
I was once (literally) on the island of Bora Bora, and read through all of the books I brought (one of the great things about having the Kindle…I can bring a lot more books than I could bring in my separate book suitcase). The only books I could buy were
I read something like ten of those.
Similarly, my life was changed for the better when I was in Alaska, and serendipitously picked up some of the Bantam Doc Savage reprints.
I want to say that I think it’s important that you don’t worry about being able to get through the whole series in the one day! It can be a great way to inspire your child to continue to read after the snow day, if you don’t.
Of course, reading just one book can be good, too. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame might be a good choice. It’s a much slower pace than many works, although there is adventure in it. Don’t be put off by it being British…I’ve always loved learning words from outside my personal experience, and it’s easy enough to understand, in my opinion. Of course, on a Kindle, you also have tools (including the dictionary) which can help. If your internet doesn’t go out, the Wikipedia look up could also help.
Anyway, one thing that surprised me about the article was that nobody in it mentioned reading as an option…despite the fact that two of the experts quoted are listed as being authors! 🙂
Snow days weren’t really part of my childhood experience, but how about you? What memories do you have reading when snowed in? What books or series would you recommend either for children to read on their own or for adults to read with them for the next couple of days? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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