I work at a child care center for school age students. Pennsylvania has a program in which the state will grant a child care organization money if said organization meets the state’s requirements and fills out a butt load of paperwork. I am not a Tea Partier nor am I a Republican but even to me, this program is a complete waste of money. That, however, is neither here not there. The relevant part is that one (of what feels like 700) requirement is that the children read or are read to daily. We have the children only for a few hours before school and after school. This post will get out of hand if I try to go any further into detail so please just trust me when I say sometimes it is hard to fit all the state’s requirements into one 6 hr period. Teachers, you know what I’m talking about.
Anyway, I went through all that nonsense to explain that we try to read to the entire group as a whole in order to save time. It is not always easy finding a book that will hold the interest of both a 5 year-old and a 13 year-old. We have tried separating them to read books targeted to their age and interests. When that fits into our schedule, great! Yay! But, again you’ll have to trust me, it just isn’t always possible.
The House of a Million Pets did a feasible job of satisfying all age groups. The story is an account of all the pets Ann Hodgman has had once she became an adult and no one could tell her ‘no’ anymore. Continue reading