My husband also rocks in the comic book reading department. He reads them like they're supposed to be read. I just can't. As hard as I try, I don't make the right sound effects, I often read the little boxes and bubbles out of order and I just don't love them as much as everyone else in my house. My husband is a pro, and because of this, my boys have discovered a whole new favorite genre. They now choose graphic novels over pretty much all else, and for that, I totally credit my husband and his goofy sound effects and voices.
Other ways my boys bond over literacy activities...
- Drawing together: My hubby is good at drawing and my boys love to learn little illustrating tips from time to time.
- Watching commercials: Yep, that counts. Why? Because it's critical thinking. They talk about what they see and what they think. Will Gatoraide or Five Hour Energy really make us strong and healthy? Uh, probably not.
- He can do awesome bubble letters: He often leaves a little note with the kids' names in bubble letters when he goes to work in the morning. Our three year old especially loves to find his name and color in the letters.
- Reading directions: Again, the detail thing. From Lego-style picture directions to rules for games, my husband has the patience and the detail-oriented mind to teach my boys that important reading skill.
At your house, do you have literacy "jobs" that are mainly just for Dad?