Who are We?
We are a Mom and Two Boys, and we are just like you. We have work, school, homework, and a myriad of extra-curricular activities that keep us busy. Last summer, I opened my eyes to the realization that with all of the "stuff" in our lives, our reading lives had become almost invisible. Below is a modified excerpt from our first post of June 2012:
Mom!I am a teacher by profession. A reading specialist, to be more specific. When I meet people for the first time, I tell them that I have the best job in the whole school, because I read with students all day. My students arrive in my groups at a variety of levels, from Kindergarten to Sixth Grade, and we read, write about our reading, and talk about all-things literary. We work very hard, and I nurture their growth every day.
At conference time in conversations with parents, I recommend that my students read daily. I send books home with them and give them free access to my classroom library. I urge them to read over the summer. And yet, when I come home, I enter into x-box, and Roblox, and Star Wars the Last Republic online, and Youtube, and Regular Show. Keeping up with laundry, housework, homework, dinner, and dishes while carving out time for a conversation with my husband, I know I am guilty of creating this monster and allowing the digital, electronic behemoth to suck time and motivation from my sons. I often feel like the ultimate hypocrite. But I also know that I have the power to destroy the beast (or at least harness its evil powers and manipulate its forces towards the greater good).
Please don't misunderstand, my sons do read. I began on the right path, reading to them from birth and putting books into their hands before they could sit up on their own. They read at school, and even at home occasionally, but it is just not enough. Summer could easily become a wasteland of Minecraft and Tobuscus videos.
With that in mind, I devised a battle plan. We would read. Every day. We would blog. And we would like it.
And with that first post, we revived our reading lives. Has it been easy? No. Have we had our ups and downs? Of course. Has it been worth it? Yes, absolutely!
It is our hope that you read our blog to gain ideas, inspiration, and (occasionally, we hope) a good chuckle at our expense. As long as the Boys want to continue to blog about their reading lives, we will carry on!