Saturday, July 4, 2009

Summer Reading Saturday-- The Spirit Vs. The Letter

In the past, I've been a letter of the law kinda gal. We would mark Boo's chart for every X amount of minutes that we read to her.

Maybe I'm getting complacent, but I've come to the following conclusions:
  1. Summer Reading is about instilling a love of books and reading (at least at the stage my kids are at) not about minutes.
  2. Paraphrasing pages can be just as good as reading word for word.
  3. Boo "reading" to herself counts. It's time spent with books and that's really what it's all about.
  4. As long as we've read at least one fairy book a day, I'm counting it. (This may seem like cheating, since they sometimes only take 25 minutes to read instead of a full 30, but again, Spirit over Letter.)
  5. Does anyone else hate reading the Cat in the Hat books aloud?

I feel like we're keeping the integrity of the thing without Mommy having to be as stressed about it all.

Now, I know it's a holiday and I should be posting holiday books, but I honestly couldn't think of any!! Isn't that terrible? So, if you've got a good 4th of July book, let me know!!

Have a great holiday weekend!

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