Weekly field trips are easy ways to introduce your children to culture, science and animals. Museums are chock full of fun and learning for any subject matter that comes to mind. Checking out your own community will produce lots of interesting places to visit. But don’t forget about your local library.
Libraries are often forgotten about when it comes to finding new places to explore. Books are looked at as work and education from kids. My own son used to groan at the thought of reading before bedtime. He would much rather watch television or play a video game. It took introducing new characters and storylines to develop an appreciation of books and how they can make you feel.
Trips to the library are now treats for my children. They each have large bookcases in their own rooms, filled with books of all kinds but they get excited when it’s time to discover something new on a shelf.
Row and row and shelf after shelf of colors and words draws them in. They judge books by their cover and illustrations inside. If it doesn’t catch their eye they keep moving. I sit and wait until armfuls of books are brought back to me. We go through each selection together to make sure the subject matter is appropriate and interesting.
Lately audio books have been making their way into our bags. My son now likes to fall asleep to the rhythmic soothing voices of someone telling him a story. He may not finish a story that night but will just start over again the next night.
The library is a museum, a museum of stories of life before us and events that will never happen. The stories will open up your child’s mind and encourage them to create stories of their own or share the stories they’ve fallen in love with.
Next time when you are thinking of a new adventure to take with your children keep the library in mind. Yours may offers classes, story times, author readings and more. You may be surprised at what you find.