Monday, June 19, 2017

Story Time Isn't Just for Libraries or Classrooms

When you think about story time, does your mind automatically go to the library or to the preschool classroom?

In my searches on Pinterest for "story time" I've found an abundance of boards, lists, and links dedicated to library and classroom story time ideas. I've even come across countless links to homeschool blogs. What seems to be lacking is practical advice aimed at the parent reading with his or her child.

Story time is not just for the library or classroom. Much of the advice on the web that is aimed at librarians and teachers can be useful for parents reading with their children as well! But there is so much of it! Even as a self-proclaimed story time enthusiast, I can get a bit overwhelmed by all the talk about reading readiness, extension activities, and comprehension...oh my!

But "supercharging" story time doesn't have to be complicated. It's as simple as this:

Read a book. Talk about the book. Do a simple activity inspired by the book.

That's why I began a social media campaign called Read, Discuss, Do! My goal with this campaign is to offer simple, book-specific discussion and activity ideas that can be used by anyone -- caretakers, educators, librarians -- to "supercharge" story time!

If you'd like to see what we've been up to, check out the #ReadDiscussDo hashtag on Twitter and Facebook! I would love for you to participate with stories and ideas of your own!

Saturday, June 03, 2017

It's summer!

Summer has officially crept up on me. My daughters have been home from college for nearly a month. My son's last day of tenth grade was a week and a half ago. And we leave for our annual summer road trip in just a few days!

How did that happen?

It seems like, as the kids have gotten older, the transition from school year to summer has become less seamless. It happens little by little until, suddenly, the season is in full swing and I barely even noticed.

Anyway, summer is here! And even though my girls will be working a lot, and my son will be spending a lot of his time playing video games or shooting hoops with his friends at the park, I intend to make the most out of summer.

I'll enjoy my slow, lazy mornings. I'll happily tend my garden. I'll soak up the sun and spend as much time with my kids (two of whom are not even kids any more) as much as they'll let me.

And maybe I'll even get some writing and reading done!

Happy summer to you too! (Or winter, for those of you way down south!)