Back to School Prep: read the book then watch the movie
With summer winding down, parents everywhere have Back to School Prep on the brain. But kids are still all summer. Summer. SUMMER. Here’s a great idea for the best of both worlds. Add Read the book then watch the movie to your parenting arsenal. The best part? You get to watch them flipping through the pages by day, and relax while they take in a flick before bed.
Library + Netflix = win
Even better, this is one activity that totally fits in the budget. Most of the books made into films are readily available at the library. And Netflix has a great selection streaming right now. Here are a few choices for kids of all ages.
The little ones will love watching Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. The plot is simple, but meaningful. There will be whoops of delight as the forest-dwelling Lorax has to stop the short-sighted Once-ler from ruining the environment for profit in this adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. Ages 5-7
Matilda warms the heart of every kid who’s ever felt picked on or left out – essentially every child. Cursed with a cruel school principal and parents, Matilda discovers her hidden powers — which she uses to stand up to the bullies in her life. Ages 5-7
For littles who dream of far away places, and those who live in the city, tagging along to open house after open house, this one, based on one of my favourite childhood books is simply delightful. To save her boarding school from the real estate market, a mischievous French girl named Madeline uses her wits to discourage prospective buyers. Ages 5-10.
For every child who feels like their dog is their best friend, this classic will have them on the edge of their seats. A lovable golden retriever, a sassy cat and a feisty bulldog pup mistakenly believe their owners have abandoned them in this lighthearted adventure. Ages 5-14.
I firmly believe that every young reader needs to enjoy some Roald Dahl in book from. In BFG, a little orphan meets up with a kind giant who’s supposed to eat her but instead protects her from some truly horrible giants who terrorize them both. Ages 8-12.
Older kids can enjoy too. Inspired by his grandfather’s old photographs, a teenager unravels the mystery of a remote orphanage that’s a refuge for children with odd abilities. Ages 11-12.
There’s not much summer left, but don’t let Back-To-School prep take all the fun out of these last few weeks! Enjoy shady afternoon reading spots, and sweet family movie nights with Netflix while there is still time.
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Melanie from mommydo.com writes about parenting, food, neat stuff and the unexpected beauty in life, all while juggling work, family life and spreading awareness and raising funds for Williams Syndrome.