Monday, March 19, 2007

Did You Read to Them?


The month-long commitment is over.

Did it work? Did you enjoy it? Did the kid(s) enjoy it?

I gave some suggested topics in this post to cover in your final wrap-up that I am curious to read about, but the basic questions are how did you match up with your goals? If you didn't match up with your goals, did you at least do something? If you "failed," why? Is it still a goal you want to pursue?

I am so pleased about the feedback I've been hearing along the way, so now is the big day to assess how you did. As I mentioned in this post, even if you didn't sign up on the first post, but if reading about my progress or the progress of others along the way inspired you to make some changes, or commit to making future changes, feel free to link up here and share that with us.

I hope that all of you will make some time to read the posts of the participants. I think that we can all be encouraged and possibly pick up some tips or find out about some books that we might want to read and at least encourage the efforts that we've each made along the way.

Link up anytime between now and Friday, March 23 to be eligible for the prizes. I'll draw a name on Saturday for the $10 amazon gift certificate, and will also announce the winner of the From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Books book which I will give to someone who reviewed some of the books that they read.

20 comments:

Joyful Days said...

Jennifer--a big, heartfelt "Thank you" for this. I think it really caused me to take a close look at what we were reading and how often. I am so pleased we participated. Wish we hadn't gotten sick. Reading out loud when I was stuffed and exploding just didn't make my day. BUT--we already have the next few books planned. I think we've made the reading habit at our house a little better. Pressing on...

Lauren S. said...

Jennifer, thanks so much! This was such a wonderful idea, and we really enjoyed it! We won't stop now! Thanks!

Kathleen aka Coffee Mom said...

I have really enjoyed the extra time spent reading with Macy. Thanks for the extra encouragement!

Katrina said...

Thanks again for doing this! We all loved it.

Beth/Mom2TwoVikings said...

Hey - I already sang your praises and thanked you in my post but (at the risk of being redundant) THANKS for doing this!! *wink*

Paul said...

I couldn't tell you the number of times I've heard teachers ask (in some cases almost plead) parents to read to their children. It correlates strongly with success in school

Becky said...

Just got my conclusion post up! And, I wanted to say "THANK YOU" for this wonderful opportunity. I may not have reached all of my goals, but it really opened my eyes. I'm excited to make reading a part of our day to day activities. It feels good to know that I'm raising book lovers or atleast that is what I hope I'm doing! Thank you so much!

Chris said...

Thank you so much Jennifer!

L.L. Barkat said...

I'm actually responding to your question for the blog post above... (there doesn't seem to be a comment option for that one).

One of my favorite writing books is The Soul Tells a Story. I am actually rereading it, which says something. I rarely reread anything! (In fact, I often give up on books the first time around if they don't totally pull me in.)

The Wooden Porch said...

I am sitting over in the corner, completely shamed.

But I am going to read to them more.

devildogwife said...

Thank you for the motivation that we needed to get back in the habit of reading!!

Rachel Whetzel said...

Thank you!

Kelly said...

Jennifer, thanks for the wonderful challenge. I need that structure to be purposeful.

Karen said...

From the bottom of my heart, thank you! This has been a wonderful experience for our family that we are in no way going to stop doing just because the challenge is over. What a blessing for me as a mom and my kids seem to have really enjoyed it as well.

Kim said...

Hey Jennifer,
I haven't posted yet, but I wanted to share that your challenge was a great one. The girls loved reading more stories together and we all learned some new things from the Bible together. I highly recommend the International Children's Bible interpretation for younger readers. The illustrated Bible that I bought for my 8 year old has the text in the ICB translation and she said she understands it better than the traditional KJV. We did much verse by verse comparison, and she loved that. Thanks again for hosting this challenge. I'm all for anything that has to do with books. I hope your week is going well,
Kim

Mamacita Tina said...

This was such a wonderful idea, I'm glad I found your blog and got to participate! If we teach our children to love to read, most of the work is done! Then they will be able to learn anything they want on their own.

Appliejuice said...

Thanks Jennifer, I had a great time. :)

Tracy said...

Hi Jennifer,

I finally updated. Thank you for your reminder and thank you for this project. We had lost our way due to hectic lives.

rachel said...

we loved the project! Thank you so much for organizing it and reminding me to sum it up!

Michelle said...

I love reading to McKenna she just loves her books either the ones that we have on the bookcase or from the library.It's so wonderful (not to mention rewarding as parents)to read to your child,I read at least twice to her during the day and Rob reads to her at night as part of their special time:)Thanks for initiating all of this..