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Read to Me 2007 – Conclusion
March 19, 2007

The Read to Me 2007 Mission has come to a close. My goals for the mission were:

 Daughter – read one book or part of one each day, read a devotional everyday before bed, and to continue to read her library books daily.

Son – simply read to him daily.

Me – read from my Bible daily.

I wish I could say that I did all of those things, but I did not. I did read to my son everyday. He is really starting to get into looking at the books while I read the words rather than eating them. It has been fun to make this a daily thing and now I can say “do you want to read a book?” and he will plop down in my lap with excitement. My daughter and I did do several devotions, but this has not become a daily habit for us. We did continue to read her library books, but again not every day. And, it was really hard for us to get in extra books. I did not read from my Bible daily, but did more so than I was. I think we’ve made progress, but not where I would like us to be yet!

Jennifer asked us to answer a few questions in regards to the mission.

  • How the mission helped you actually read more – It helped me to be more aware of when we could make time for reading. It allowed me the opportunity to sit down with my son daily to read. It is very easy for me to sit down with my son and read on a daily basis because he and I are alone for six hours of the day. Since he came along, though, I am finding it difficult to be able to spend the same quality time with my daughter. Between keeping a friend of my daughters 4 days a week after school until about 5:30 and chasing after my little one, it’s been hard to squeeze time in to read. I love to read with her before bed and we have done so since she was a baby and I’m going to be working harder to make this a daily ritual!
  • The changes you made in order to do this – I don’t really feel like I made any changes to do this. I do feel like I need to make some changes to do this though. The mission made me really look at what our nightly schedule looked like and where I could make some changes. What I’m trying to do is to now wait until after the children have been bathed, read to, and tucked into bed to clean up the kitchen from dinner and pick-up the living room before I go to bed. I think by doing this I will be able to read to both children before putting them to bed and not leaving either one out!
  • How your attitudes and/or your children’s were affected – My attitude has changed in that I am more aware of how reading can create or strenghten my bond with my children. My daughter loves to read and be read to and I love to watch her face light up when we read together. I can’t say my daughter’s attitude has changed any because we really didn’t make any big changes. But, I’m hoping that we can work on this and that I will continue to see her loving to read! My son’s attitude has changed in that he is excited to sit in my lap while I read him a book. His current favorite is Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?. It’s been amazing to see him grab a book (he is trying to say book, but for now it just sounds like bu) and bring it to me to read!!!
  • Your plans going forward for family reading – My plans going forward are to really work hard at making reading a daily habit. No time limits or restraints. Just to sit and read with each of my children everyday. My daughter does enjoy my son’s books which has been nice for us all to read them together. But, I really want to spend quality time with each of them reading together. I also plan to continue to strive to read my Bible on a daily basis. I feel I really need to do this for my spiritual health.
  • Any or all of the books that you discovered and enjoyed – The only new to us book that we read was the first Junie B. Jones book. I bought the first four of these for my daughter for Christmas. We started reading the first one soon after Christmas, but never got around to finishing it. So, my daughter and I sat down one day in my son’s room while he was playing and we read the whole book. It was a cute book and we look forward to reading more of them. I do want to get some children’s poetry books to read. I loved reading Shel Silverstein when I was growing up and I’d love to share it with my children.

Well, that is that. Thank you Jennifer for encouraging all of us to make reading a habit for ourselves and our children. I appreciate your efforts and am glad I took part.


The Read to Me Mission
February 20, 2007

Jennifer at Snapshot has started a Reading Mission for 2007! Here is an excerpt of what she has to say about it:

Read to Me 2007 is a mission to encourage reading to children. Most of us know that reading to children is a good thing. Most of us are busy. Most of us are selfish with our time (alright, I won’t saddle you with that, but I will admit that I am selfish with my time). Goals are important to me, and accountability is important to me, too. So, I’m going to set some goals for reading to my children and I’m going to invite you to do the same.

I love this idea and am definitely jumping on board. I’m a day late, but I’m still joining in!

I love to read, but it has not always been so. I didn’t grow up loving to read. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my daughter that I took up reading. But, I haven’t been able to stop since! 🙂

Jennifer asked us to share our goals with everyone, so hear they are:

For my daughter I want to spend atleast 30 minutes a day, after school but before dinner, reading her a book of her choice. Then we will read devotions before bed. This is along with her library books from school. We are very fortunate to have a Reading Challenge through her school where you read at least 20 minutes a day, log your minutes, turn it in at the end of the month, and the children who participate are rewarded for their reading! It is a great way to keep the kids interested and we’ve done this all school year. But, I want to have more reading time with her and get in the daily devotions!

For my son, who is one, my goal is just to read atleast 30 minutes a day EVERY day!!! He likes to look at the books and touch and feel and chew, but this has not become an everyday thing for us. With this challenge I hope it will be!

For myself I plan to read 30 minutes from the Bible every single day! I have needed to do this for a long time and one of my New Year’s goals is to read the Bible from front to back! Now, I have even more incentive to do so!

When I asked my daughter if she would like to read more together she was so excited! She has it all planned out! We are going to clear off her desk and she will place her book selection for the day there and that is where we will do our daily reading! Her idea mind you! And, she already knows what books she wants to start with!

So, that’s my plan and I’m sticking to it! 🙂 Thank you, Jennifer, for such a great Mission! I am proud to be a part. If you’d like to join in, or just see what other participants are planning, head on over to this post at Jennifer’s that will explain it all to you! She is even giving away prizes!!!

Happy Reading everyone!

*Update: I’ve given it a lot of thought and I just don’t want to put a time limit on our reading. Some days we may be able to read for an hour or more and some days we may only get to read for 15 minutes. So, my goals are the same except for the time constraints! I should have thought that through more than I did! 🙂