Monday, February 12, 2007

Will You Read to Me?



If you're looking for the Mr. Linky page so that you can join in, it's RIGHT HERE.

I've said it before, and I've said that I'll say it again, so I'll say it again: If you don't have a target, you're sure to miss it.

WHAT:

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.

WHO:

Anyone who thinks that reading to kids is important and is looking to change their habits in some way, be it reading more or reading differently. This could involve a classroom teacher, moms and dads, grandparents, aunts, or caretakers.

HOW:
  1. Share your goal: I want each of you to think about where your desire lies in reading with your kids and how your actual output matches that, and if it's lagging, what might you do to improve it? A goal should be a realistic stretch, but also attainable. If you aren't reading at all consistently, don't commit to reading six picture books a day. Do you have a certain subject you'd like to tackle with your children? Do you have certain books you'd like to read? Maybe you'd like to work more variety into your regular lineup, in genre or authorship. Perhaps you have done a great job of reading with your younger children, but you'd like to tackle a family read-aloud or a book just for the tweens and teens in your life. How are you planning to make these goals happen?
  2. Read. The mission will open on February 19 with a Mr. Linky for all participants to post their goals on their own site and link up and will close the week of March 19. Hopefully after participating for at least two weeks, a new habit will be borne.
  3. Report back. You can post throughout the mission with achievements and struggles, but be sure to link back the week of March 19.
THE PRIZE:

If accountability and goals aren't enough to keep you focused, I will be awarding one $10 gift certificate to amazon.com. The prize will be random, based on all those who post an intro post and a reflection post at the end. However, I may have some prizes for those who have made the most change or read the most, or at least an honorable mention here on the site.

I will be posting more on the WHYs later this week and throughout the mission as motivation and encouragement.

I have Katrina to thank for my perfect icon. I found the picture at istockphoto, and she made it beautiful. If you'd like to spread the word, feel free to grab this code for a sidebar icon, or to include in a post (I fixed it, so it should work now).

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36 comments:

Katrina said...

Looking forward to this! I'll be pondering my goals this week. :)

Lauren S. said...

GREAT IDEA! I would love to participate. I was just thinking about how I need to improve in this area recently (I used to be a reading teacher so you would think I could practice what I used to preach). Having a goal will be a great help. Thanks!

org junkie said...

Wonderful idea Jennifer! Love the button too!

Laura

Jennifer said...

Hi Jennifer-

What a great idea! We read regularly but I am starting to glaze over due to the repetition. A new goal might re-energize our reading time. Thanks for hosting this!

Jennifer

An Iowa Mom said...

I found out about this from Baseballs and Bows and think it is a GREAT idea! I've struggled in this area since our family has grown and I constantly feel guilty for it ... I agree with having some sort of accountability, therefore, we be participating in this!

Thanks so much!

Chris said...

It will be great to share with others our goals. We always have them as a family for read alouds with the kids.

The button is awesome, I love the older woman with the young girl picture. It reminds me that there must always be time to read to our kids.

Heather said...

What a great idea! My parents read to me until they were hoarse, which is why I can't be found without a book today (it's a bit of a security blanket).

Julee said...

I'm SO excited!!

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

Every minute I spent reading to our kids was worth it; I'm looking forward to days, when we're retired, when I can curl up with grandkids and read to them too. Readers are grown, not born.

Jen Robinson said...

What a neat idea, Jennifer! Very, very cool! I'll be following with interest.

At A Hen's Pace said...

Just what I need for some accountability with my poor darling 4-year-old daughter. I am always too busy doing lessons with the older ones!

Jeanne

Kate said...

Super idea! I'm new to this blog (found this post via Jen Robinson), but I'll stop back often. Thanks!

Kelly said...

Jennifer, this is such a fantastic idea! Thanks for putting the effort to organize it. I am passionately convinced on the importance of reading to and with kids. This will be a great exercise for us all.

Kelli in the Mirror said...

This is a great idea! I found you through Calapidder Days and am excited about doing this.

Shauna said...

This is an excellent idea, and I'll definitely be participating. I just posted about this topic recently and have several titles written down that I'd like to read with my toddler and kindergartener.

RicMama said...

After seven years of home schooling and reading aloud to my kids (still doing it) I can say that the benefits of reading aloud are too numerous to mention. My teenager STILL loves it! I'll post some of our favorite read alouds if anyone would be interested.

Thanks Jennifer!

Tracy said...

Hi Jennifer,

I can't remember how I found your blog, but I boomarked it because you are close to me. I live in NY. I was an elementary school teacher until I became a stay at home mom. I used to read to my daughter all the time. Then my son came along and time and reading went out the door. I am not happy about this because I know the benefits. So your post is a wake up call to me to get back to my roots. I will be involved in this and I am going to try and get my school district involved. I will talk to everyone at the next PTA meeting.

Jennifer said...

I'm glad that so many of you are as excited about this as I am.

Tracy, you might win the "affected the most people" award!

Monday I'm going to post the official Mr. Linky, and at that time I will also post some resources and booklists for kids. If you have posted something similar (and I've seen some on a few sites already), then please email me (link in profile or sidebar), and I'll include yours, too.

Kim said...

I've added your image to the sidebar. What a great idea!

Mamacita Tina said...

Heard about this from kelli in the mirror. Great idea! I'm excited to join and spice up our reading activities in this house! Whoo-hoo! Will add the button to my side bar and come up with goals by Monday.

Barb said...

What a wonderful idea, Jennifer. I hope people line up! to do this. I'll do my part to help promote this when I do my next Sunday post. I can't tell you how much I support the idea of reading to our children.

rachel said...

love this! I just took a picture of my mom reading to my 3 girls, and was going to write about our love for reading! perfect timing.

Beth said...

Just wrote my inital post. Will post my goals on Monday! Good for you for doing this!

A Juggling Mum said...

This is a great idea, I have been neglecting reading over the Christmas break, but now that the kids are all back at school it is time to get back into the habit of reading to the kids.

Barbara said...

Sign me up! what a great idea.

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

What a great idea! I'll post on it tomorrow! I think it's just the kick in the pants I need to be more consistent in reading with my 5 year old!
Thanks

Pass The Torch said...

This is really a fantastic idea. Good for you to spread the word about the importance of reading!

Kelly said...

Oh, what a great idea....this is so important for a kiddo's development, but at the same time it is what develops between the reader and the listener that is the most rewarding. I love reading to the kids, but it could be better. Thanks for reminding me of that!

I'm going to post the linky on our blog.

Kate said...

Thanks for linking to me, Jennifer. I tweaked my first goal a bit, and I'm looking forward to reading about how everyone is doing.

Beckie said...

Such a marvelous idea. I agree, reading is so important. Our children are grown and one of our granddaughters is getting to the point where we can read to her. I always read to our girls when they were small. Our oldest had one favorite book that she wanted to hear over and over. I read it so much that she finally memorized it. I made a tape of her reading it and it is one of our treasures to this day.

Blessings to you.

Tally said...

Love it, count me in too!

Susan said...

What a GREAT idea!! As a Reading Teacher who LOVES to read to her kids, THANK YOU!! You are making a difference in the lives of so many.

Blessings.

:-) Susan

Appliejuice said...

I have posted my results on my blog. I wasn't sure where to link to here, so I added my link to Mr. Linky in your introduction post. My kids and I have really enjoyed this. Thanks so much for starting the challenge. :)

Nattie said...

I know it is too late for me to join, but this is a fantastic idea. Reading to your children is about the most important thing you can do. My kids and I have a story time most every night.

Laura Williams said...

I'm joining y'all in this. Such fun!!

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings said...

I thought I commented but now I don't see my link with my book review

http://laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com/2007/08/read-together.html