Thursday, October 22, 2009

Reading With The Kids!!

I mentioned yesterday that I was planning on having my kids participate in the Read-A-Thon with me tomorrow! I know that many have probably raised your brows, thinking "Good luck with that!!" But, I'm determined to make it fun and exciting for all of us!! And, I think that I have just come up with a plan to do just that!

As I was doing a little surfing online to come up with the perfect reading chart or log, I came up with these alternatives . . .

Though some of them were super cute, they were just not quite the thing I was looking for! Then I came up with an idea and I'm running with!!! We are going to create a Reading Tree (think a little along the lines of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom)!!!! I've always wanted to have a specific reading nook for the kids after we bought our first home and we had the room. Well, those criteria now apply, but I just simply have not had the time or funds to get it all together. Well, enough procrastinating!! I decided to start the decorating this weekend!! I will post pictures as we go, but here's the basic idea . . . We are creating a bare tree on large pieces of paper, branches and all. We will be taping it to the wall later this evening. Then, as we read tomorrow, the kids will decorate colored leaves that I have found templates for online (click here or here). These decorations can simply be the title of the book or a picture about the story instead. The kids will then tape it to the Reading Tree. I may even eventually add a big banner that says "Fall Into Reading"!!! It's not much, but it's the beginnings of a great idea at least!! :)

Do you have other ideas of how to involve your kids in the Read-A-Thon?


  1. That sounds like a great idea! My kids are participating tomorrow but we're just using a book log. I also plan on having them watch movies based on books when they want to give their eyes a rest.

  2. Vasilly . . . what a great idea to watch movies that are based on books! I've been wanting to do that as well. Maybe we will need to take a trip to the library when the kids start getting antsy! Thank you!!

  3. The reading tree sounds like a great idea! Very clever! Looking forward to seeing the pictures, and good luck tomorrow!

  4. Welcome to the read-a-thon! Enjoy these first few hours-they'll fly by! I'm sure you'll do great. :D

  5. Alexia561 . . . Thank you! I've posted a few pics, so feel free to take a look!! I have to wonder if it originally looked like a volcano spewing, but it looks better now that it is complete!! I wish I was a better artist!!

    Eva . . . Thanks for the cheers!!

  6. I know this is an older post, but it came up on my Google search! If you're ever looking for an alternative to paper reading logs for read-a-thons, summer reading programs, reading incentives, you might want to check out for fun, online reading logs. Created by mom of 3 (me! :-), trying to get my kids reading. Happy reading!

  7. Michelle Skamene ... Thanks for the link! I look forward to checking it out!


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