We would just peruse the day's pages, and I would let the kids take turns telling me which little section they wanted me to read about next. Often if something in particular would spark an interest in them, we would go search out some more information. That was fun.niki wrote:How are you using Illustrated World Altas info...?
At this point we've just been reading it and I ask a few questions or ask them to tell me a few new things they learned from our reading. The kids don't mind it, but I'm wondering: What other ideas have you been using?
They knew they were supposed to listen and be able to tell Daddy at dinner that night about at least one interesting or new thing they learned... They really liked this a lot, sort of a show and tell for them. All eyes and ears on them for a bit at the dinner table was highly motivating for them... and dh grew up overseas so he always had something interesting to add to the discussion, which they loved.
I think I just really loved watching them be so excited to learn about other cultures and develop a heart for the world and have their horizons broadened a bit. That in itself was pretty motivational for me.
The only other thought I have is, is it the last thing of the school day, when you are pretty worn out? Or you could read it at bedtime.
Just some thoughts... :)