This is an idea that my wife came up with the other day. She has for years written down any quote that she really likes, but then it usually just gets lost and she never remembers what it was anyway. She decided that she was going to find a way to show the family what she liked from whatever she was reading. Then, she took it a step farther, and came up with this idea so that we can all share quotes or ideas that we like from whatever book we are reading.
Each member of the family (even our 7 month old baby) has a piece of tin–maybe 12′ x 12′–that is their designated “quote board.” We used a Cricut machine to cut out their names in vinyl. Each board has its own pair of magnets. As the kids are reading and they find a quote that they like, they write it down and then stick it on the board with the magnet. They can change it as often as they like. We will throughout the week have conversations with each of them (and as a group) about why they picked that quote and what they liked about it as they were reading. We stuck the tin to the wall with these inexpensive these adhesive patches.
We did not even finish hanging the other tin boards before my 8-year old daughter had already placed a quote on the board from the bible. She had been reading about the widow’s mite and she wrote: “She of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.”
I think the real strength of this easy project will be seen with the younger children because of their nearly innate desire to have their work posted for others to see. This will be a great motivator to get the children to read, but it will also encourage them to think about what they are reading. What an easy way to start a powerful discussion! Simply ask, “Why did you pick that phrase?” Then move forward and help them describe the meaning they saw in the words.
With the older kids, the motivational factor may not be as strong, but if they know that you are going to have the conversation, they will be more likely to participate. So DON’T LET THEM OFF THE HOOK simply because they did not put something on the board. If they have not done it as you are getting ready to discuss with the group, simply ask them to do so before the discussion begins. Give them an hour or two to go back and find something they would like to discuss or share. Eventually, they will be thinking about it while they read and they will begin preparing as time goes on. You may be required to practice patience, but it will be worth it.
What do you think about this idea? Do you think it would work for your children? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below.