Went to the St. Vincent De Paul Thrift store and bought 4 books for my son, 4 for my daughter and 4 for me...$8. Can't beat the price, but what's even more priceless is the reaction of my kids. Neither of them could wait to get home and start reading. We've been reading the classics; 1 out loud to both (we just finished Peter Pan and are onto Alice in Wonderland), 1 to just my son (he's 3 and can't read just yet, but he likes to repeat every word I read), and my daughter reads 1 to herself. River is reading through the Bible in a year and I read it to Sammy every night before bed, and I read in the morning. I've already noticed improvements in the way we speak, the words we use, the way we use them and the way they flow (sometimes we speak in a fake British accent which I think helps a bit & it's fun).
We also read 1 historical biography each (George Washington is our focus right now), last week it was Revolutionary War books, River read My Brother Sam is Dead (I know a little morbid) & Sammy and I read Sam the Minuteman.
I love that my children are both in love with reading as much as I am and our favorite day is library day (Sammy does a little dance...it's really cute). I'm amazed at how River plows through them, she learned speed reading techniques before she left school...I'll have to figure out how to teach Sammy too.
We have cut our TV time by so much, we'd all prefer to read instead. We turned off cable 2 years ago and opted out of getting "the box", so we rent movies and at most we watch 1 per day and a lot of days we don't.
Anyway, it just did my heart good to see their excitement over something so wonderful...in my opinion. It put a smile on my face.