If you’re like me, you like to read, but don’t like to be told what to read. Yeah, that line of thinking can get you into trouble when it comes to English classes (believe me: I know!). I’ve skipped some books over the years that I really would have enjoyed if I had only given them a chance...but then, I’ve discovered some of my favorite books when a teacher made me read them. And yes, okay, I’ve been assigned some books that I absolutely hated.
With two kids in college, one in the military, a senior in high school, and planning the oldest child’s wedding, I’d say I’m stressed. How do I relax? READING! There's nothing like picking up a good book and losing myself in it.
October is a special month for me as our family is celebrating the arrival of a new grandson and the 90th birthday of my mom. The age of technology makes it so easy to stay in touch with family, but nothing compares to the joy of holding that new baby boy or of eating birthday cake with Mom. For most of my life, Mom had the only fall birthday in our family, and I know she is excited to have a great grand-baby joining her to celebrate this wonderful season. She and baby Landon now have an extra special bond.
As a mom, I’m always checking books out for my 5 year old daughter to keep her occupied, out of trouble, and to stimulate her imagination. Thankfully, she LOVES books, and we have created a "system": I bring home the books and pile them on the end of the couch, she sits down and looks through them all, and afterward, she puts them under the coffee table for us to read later. We are slowly working through the Juvenile Easy section. I figure by the time she’s in second grade and ready for chapter books, we will have made it through almost all of them!
It’s almost time for RAFT! RAFT stands for Read Aloud Family Time, and the purpose of RAFT is to encourage reading as a family. This program is offered to families of all shapes and sizes. Read two multi-chapter books checked out from the library between January 3, 2012 and March 3, 2012, and your family will earn a complimentary copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Road Dahl.
6 in 12: Reading Is Its Own Reward, But Who Doesn't Want to Win an eReader?
'Tis the season to hone in on the best deals, clip coupons, shop, wrap purchases, decorate like your life depends on it, cook, wait in line for an eon at the post office, and send out Christmas cards to people you haven't actually spoken to in years. Relax. Pour yourself a glass of egg nog or hot apple cider, collapse into your favorite comfy chair, and give yourself a reading break!
It's the time of New Year’s resolutions and challenging ourselves to do better this year than the previous. For one of my good friends, her goal is to read ten books that aren't for school. For me? It's to try and read fifty to one hundred books. But both of us - whether reading ten or fifty - can now win an eReader just by reading!
Happy 2012! Why not start the new year off right by participating in RAFT? RAFT stands for Reading Aloud Family Time. Studies have shown that parents who read with their children solidify the importance of reading, make reading fun, and strengthen the parent-child relationship.