Mine is that our second grade teacher would read us a chapter or two every day in the afternoons. We'd be allowed (and encouraged) to put our heads down on our desks for a little rest. I feel like almost everyone in my classroom looked forward to this time every day - even the boys! Our third and fourth grade teachers continued the tradition with the later books. 

I was six when the TV show came out in 1974, and it was all we would talk about the next day at school. Anybody remember what night of the week it used to air on network TV? I feel like I want to say Wednesdays, but I could be wrong!

How about you? 

Carrie

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I wonder, do they read Little House books to kids in school anymore? Or are they too busy "teaching to the test?" 

I remember SO looking forward to our quiet time every afternoon (I think around 2:30 pm; school let out at 3:25) when our teacher would read us one or two chapters (or perhaps more if we were really good, or really BAD and she needed a break, hehe). But I grew up in the 1970s/early 80s. 

Would today's children understand all the frontier references and farm life vocabulary, or would they find it boring because it's not about video games?? 

Anyone have a niece, nephew, kid or grandkid in elementary school right now? 

Carrie

I received the "Little House" book set from my aunt for my 9th birthday. I was a big reader as a kid, and remember enjoying the books as a kid. I never saw the TV series while it was live -- I was born in 1981, during the last few years of the show -- but much later on, perhaps in college or even early adulthood, I got hooked into watching the TV show via reruns. It renewed my interest in the books and in the real-life history and people behind the stories!

Sadly, I think teachers are so busy "teaching to the test" that read-aloud time has gone by the wayside. In 5th grade, right after lunch, my teacher would read us books aloud ("Blubber" and "Superfudge" by Judy Blume both come to mind). It was a great time to just relax and unwind before moving on to another subject. I know that both the schools I work in have libraries, but both schools don't have library the way we used to -- kids read on their own silently, but that's it. One of my schools doesn't even have a library class, just some bookshelves filled with books. It's a sad sign of the times. 

My nephews and nieces aren't yet in elementary school -- the eldest turns 4 in April -- but so far they all love books and having "Aunt Kat' or someone else read them a story. (My sister and brother and in-laws are all very good about not having them use electronics and just letting them play with regular toys and using their imagination.) I'm hoping this love of reading continues as they get older too! :)

Carrie Campbell said:

I wonder, do they read Little House books to kids in school anymore? Or are they too busy "teaching to the test?" 

I remember SO looking forward to our quiet time every afternoon (I think around 2:30 pm; school let out at 3:25) when our teacher would read us one or two chapters (or perhaps more if we were really good, or really BAD and she needed a break, hehe). But I grew up in the 1970s/early 80s. 

Would today's children understand all the frontier references and farm life vocabulary, or would they find it boring because it's not about video games?? 

Anyone have a niece, nephew, kid or grandkid in elementary school right now? 

Carrie

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