No one would dispute Amanda's bookworm status, but this grading period she almost didn't make her AR (Advanced Reading quiz points) goal. Her goal is always high enough to challenge her, but because she reads some books that do not have AR quizzes (either re-reads that she already has taken the quiz for or some of the ARCs that I receive), we never want to make the goal so high that she's unable to read beyond what books are in her (very-well-stocked) Intermediate school collection.
Since this is the last week to take quizzes, she was scrambling this week. She did it -- and it wasn't like pulling teeth as I'm sure it is for a child who finds reading difficult or unpleasurable -- but she realized that she had made some bad choices this quarter that affected her quiz scores. One thing was not taking the quizzes on time, and thus possibly forgetting some, or not getting the full 100% (Tween-brain at work -- can anyone help me??). The other was that she was spending more time with her new ipod touch than books.
I was glad that she realized this on her own, and I can't condemn her at all, because in addition to the fact that she still reads much more than most 11-year-olds, I am guilty of exactly the same thing. In fact, it's impacted our "Read Together" plan as well.
Reading is great, BUT --
- We've been watching American Idol together instead of reading a few pages at bedtime.
- I like to spend the evenings with my husband, and since Amanda goes to bed later now, that creates a time conflict.
- After-school reading aloud doesn't happen that much, because of after-school activities -- good activities, but even so, it
(Edited at noon to add this fun link from Chicken Spaghetti's blog that features an awesome song/event at a Jr. High --Gotta Keep Reading, a la the Black-Eyed Peas and Chipmunks "I Gotta Feeling." Excellent and Fun!)
What will we be reading? Well, none other than books recommended by other bloggers out there.
Amanda and I are 200 pages in to The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, heartily heartily recommended by Carrie (linked to her review). And we are loving it so much -- revisiting these characters is just delightful.
I read Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller this month, which I will review on Thursday at 5 Minutes for Books, in conjunction with a very-special Books on Screen column (to avoid too much suspense -- it's a great book!). I don't know who exactly recommended this book, but I do know that the general buzz from fabulous kidlit bloggers brought this book to mind when I was looking for a contemporary book about Helen Keller. Amanda is going to read it this week as well.
Be sure to see what other book bloggers reviewed this month, with I Read It! and link up your own books that you read at the recommendation of another blogger the first Tuesday of each month.
I'll leave you with a question: How do you preserve and encourage reading time, for yourself and for your kids?