The elementary school just started their Month Long Read-a-thon (pretty sure it might have a real name but I don’t know what it is). I am lucky, my kids LOVE to read but I know that there are ways to get them even more excited about reading. We have a bit of a reputation to uphold, my oldest read more minutes than any other student in the school the last 2 years he was in elementary school so we need to get those minutes logged.
Today the two littles and I took a little trip to one of our favorite places…the library!
He’s such his own little person these days.
When we got inside he immediately found a book about dragons. The book obviously is well above his reading level of cat, hat, sat but that didn’t stop him at all. He sat down at the table and told Little Goose and I best story about all the dragons and what they did based on the pictures he saw.
Little Goose cracked me up by walking right up to the shelf and grabbing a book…that we own and read all the time at home. It didn’t take her long however to discover the princess books and create a stack she wanted to bring home with her (sorry to all the other little girls wanting princess books right now…I promise we’ll bring them back soon!)
While we were there I spent a little time at the computer looking for some books I knew the kids would be excited about reading. Something new, something fun.
The oldest isn’t actually involved in the read-a-thon but he needed this book for a book report and since the TV time is going to be extremely limited this month I figured it would be good for him to have it on hand.
Miss B got Marie-Grace for Christmas this year, I knew she hadn’t read all the books yet so I grabbed the ones they had to give her something to start with.
Banana-Nut got Caroline for Christmas but every book of her’s was checked out from our library so I put them on hold for her and then came across these (while looking for princess books for the Goose) and thought she would like them. I know Goose will LOVE having them read to her and reading out loud counts too.
Little Red got Molly at Christmas time too. Nate’s cousin let us adopt her and she just loves her. I found the Molly books and knew she would love reading them. I also know she’ll be stealing the princess books from her older AND younger sisters too so she has plenty to read.
Little Man helped me pick out some books for Mister B. He just KNEW he would love all these Star Wars books so we gathered up a few and brought them home with us.
Little Man KNEW he wanted Dragon books so I set out to find some that were a bit more age-appropriate for him. He was very happy with the ones I found.
When we got home the littles ate lunch and I started writing notes to the kids. I put the books I picked out for each of them on their beds along with a note explaining why I had brought them home along with some encouragement about what they’re doing well and reminders for things they’re suppose to be doing. We just started a new “reward system” if you want to call it that, it’s not really *rewards*, just a change in how we’re doing a few things…I’m giving it a couple weeks to see how it works before I share too much about it.
The last book I picked up is this one:
I haven’t yet seen the movie Rise of the Guardians but Paula loved it and was so excited about reading the books with her boys that she got me excited too. I put them all on hold and this one was ready for me to pick up today.
I’m hoping between having fresh books to read, time to read them, and reading together more as a family this love of reading my children have will continue to grow and they won’t even miss the TV this month.
Do you go to the library often? If you do, isn’t it seriously the best thing ever, nothing like free entertainment that never gets old. Do your kids like to read? Does your school do a read-a-thon? How do you keep that love of reading burning strongly? I hope if you have tips/tricks/questions you’ll share them! Have a WONDERFUL day!! We’re kicking off a 3 day weekend WOOT WOOT!!!
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