READING Dozens of Cousins in celebration of a week spent with beloved relatives.
EXCITED that my kids have spent the past week with their older cousins in Houston, TX. The highlight (at least for me!) was when the older cousins spent their required “one hour a day of summer reading” reading picture books to my kids. It feels strange to admit that while I adore reading to my kids, getting a break from reading to them can be a book mama’s vacation.
OBSESSED with learning more about how to address the fact that we need to have high standards and expectations of our children in combination with the fact that children start school coming from different backgrounds, learn in different ways and at different rates. With a 5-year old son starting kindergarten in 6 weeks, this article about “The Reading Rush” caught my eye.
IMPRESSED with temporary libraries being set up for kids who otherwise may not have easy access to books during the summer. In my very own town of Vienna, Virginia, some teachers from Cunningham Park Elementary created a temporary library to keep their students, particularly those who live in low-income areas, interested in reading before the new school year starts. In near by Arlington, VA, the Read and Roll Book Bus is in its 5th summer of giving kids access to books all summer long. These efforts caught my eye after reading this article about how children are affected by not having access to picture books at home. A vending machine was set up in a busy area in Anacostia last summer where kids could pick up books for free. Within six weeks 27,000 books were given away. The experiment, funded by Jetblue, was designed to strike down the notion that people don’t care about giving their children access to books. They do in fact care deeply, what they lack are the resources. To top it all off. this summer, in my true hometown of Detroit, JetBlue has provided 100,000 free children’s books in vending machines throughout the city.