It's been a year and a half since I did something like this, but I have found my own resolve weakening in this area -- specifically with Amanda (age 10) -- so I thought it was time to sponsor another one.
"Another one what?" you may be asking. Well, Read Together is a challenge to use reading as a way to connect with your kids. I am inviting each of you to set a specific goal in regards to reading with your child(ren).
And what's a challenge without prizes? We will have at least two. I have been offered a really great book for review called What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child--and All the Best Times to Read Them. For another reader I will purchase your next read-aloud book -- anything up to $2o that is available at amazon.
So--think of a concrete goal that you can fulfill in the month of April. You can spread the word on your own sites if you want. Then on April 1, I'll have a Mr. Linky here where you can link up your post stating your goal. The last week of April, I'll have another Linky for you to post your goals (and perhaps just for fun, a goal for next month).
It's open to all ages, but I'd really love to see more people commit to reading to their older children. I'd also like to see goals that stretch you in some way.
For example --
- If you already read for 10 minutes each night to your preschooler, stretch it 20, or commit to reading to him at breakfast time as well.
- If (like me) your 10-year-old child always has her nose stuck in a book, but you've stopped sharing any books, find a definite time when you can read a book together.
- Perhaps you can stretch genres or age limits. If you are stuck in a rut, read something a bit more challenging. If you only read picture books to your preschooler or early elementary aged student, take the opportunity to step it up with a fun chapter book.
- If you always read to your children individually, perhaps your challenge will be to find a book that will appeal to everyone that you can read together as a family.
Search twitter for #ReadTogether and tag your tweets.
Thanks, as always to the wonderful Jen Robinson for pointing me to the Share a Story - Shape a Future initiative. You can find so much on that site. Day 3 (found in the left sidebar) is devoted to reading aloud, but you can mine that site for hours for excellent information and encouragement to help you in setting your goals.