Thursday, May 17, 2007

Summer! and Random Poll May

I am counting down the days until school is out.

Only 5 more (school) days!

I love summer vacation. What's not to like about visitors, Popsicles, swimming, making crafts, baking and most of all, reading in the afternoon?

Several years ago, when my kids stopped napping in the afternoon, I implemented Quiet Time. This was when we would make a "nest" of pillows and blankets in one of the bedrooms and read for 45 minutes or so, and then they had to play quietly for another 30 minutes after we read, so I could have some Quiet Time of my own.

This accomplished two things: I personally needed an afternoon break after playing hard all morning in the pool or park ( I'm no spring chicken you know), and the kids needed to learn how to rest. A lifelong skill I believe we need to learn in a world thats driven by constant activity. But that's a subject for another blog.

Several years ago the kids and I started reading chapter books in the afternoon instead of picture books. And now we like to see how many books we can accomplish in one summer.

So in anticipation of our summer reading I have added a side bar to the right on what books I am currently reading, and the books we are reading as a family.

Here is the Random Poll for May:

What was your favorite book that you read as a child?


meh said...

You already know this: Anne of Green Gables. I am so disapointed because Clare isn't into them, or at least not yet. I will give it another couple of years before I panic.

Anonymous said...

Here are the results of the K1 Family Poll. I asked for some favorites of the ones that J has read aloud to them.
Detectives in Togas, Hank the Cowdog, Wheel on the School, The Golden Goblet, The Hobbit, Tom Sawyer (editing may be required and practice the dialect before trying it aloud,) The Westing Game (the "on tape" version has an actor with terrific character voices,) and Farmer Boy.
As for me, I'm with meh -- Anne of Green Gables was a favorite series. I have trouble seeing your son getting into that one, though :-) I also loved The Secret Garden and Johnny Tremain. (He'd probably like the last one.)
Miss y'all!

Lara said...

Thank God for K1's post! There was no way I was going to be able to narrow it down to one. I do vividly remember duping my sister in to picking out a set of books I wanted when we were visiting in Texas and each allowed one choice...I bought a 4 book series about a Dutch Family that hid people during the WWII (I've been trying to find this set in a used book store for years) and convinced my sister to get the Chronicles of Narnia...still favorites to this day! Other than that I would have to say a book titled "Jade" about a girl pirate, Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Three Investigators, Little House on the Praire, anything by Louisa May Alcott, Madeline L'Engle, The whole Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz series....I could go on and on and on! :)