Sunday, August 1, 2010

day 199: Read your way through your bookcase this summer

"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." ~James Bryce

Jakie and I have been enjoying some awesome story times this summer! Instead of going to the library, getting armloads of books to read aloud, we have been doing something unique: reading our way through our bookcases.

We have well over a thousand books (used to have two thousand before we got rid of half of everything we owned and moved to our small house eleven years ago). There are many of these books that I have read to my older kids; some I have read to my middle kids; and some that I have never gotten around to reading with Jakie! So we are correcting that this summer.

I pulled several of our collections off the shelf and put them in my room on my “current reading” shelf. We pull these off every reading time, start where we left off the last time and read a story or entry or two. Then we move on to the next one. (I will share our current “collection” list tomorrow.)

Additionally, we each choose a couple of picture books to read during that session. Jakie is choosing from all over the bookcase, but I am being a bit more systematic, in the hopes of getting through all of our picture books again this summer. I started at the top shelf of the picture book bookcase and pull off the next one we haven’t read yet this summer.

It’s not too late to institute a story time this summer! So….read your way through your story books. You will, like me, not regret the time you spend sharing stories with your kids.

Just a couple more days on reading story books and collections. August will be “organization” and “back to school” month with tips for getting organized, raising diligent workers, and back to school tips for all! Thanks for joining us at Positive Parenting 3*6*5!

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