After going through the 10 simple questions I asked myself regarding 2009 – I’m making some course corrections.
#7 got to me – “What books have I read this year and how have they impacted me?”
In pondering this question, I came to the painful realization that I’ve ‘fallen off the wagon’ with reading chapter books aloud to my younger ones (ages 9 and 7). In today’s high-tech world there’s less time for ‘one on one’ attention at home, but not in OUR house. I know better than that! How did I get off course and let the culture pull me its direction?
For my own reading I had considered taking a challenge, along with other blogger/moms, to read 52 books in 52 weeks. But,I realized that would seriously cut into my blog and news reading. So, I took this concept and committed to reading aloud as many chapter books as we can polish off in 2010! There are so many books on my ‘long list’ and now I can get to them! I vow to make this a part of our daily life – like it once was.
I can’t go wrong with this commitment because:
- They need to be read aloud to (for a myriad of reasons)
- We enjoy the snuggle time – usually by the fire – a great way to spend cold, winter afternoons
- I know the older ones will wander into the room and listen to the books they love because – I’ve been here before
A motivating factor in making this decision was when I realized we haven’t even read the Little House on The Prairie series to them aloud! All of our older kids have enjoyed this series, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder (not the imitation versions), and it’s been a part of our culture as a family. I bought the books in hardback years ago after we wore out the paper backs.
I don’t want to miss this opportunity with the younger boys. I started right away and we’re half-way through Little House in the Big Woods already. After this series we’ll probably head to Narnia and who knows where from there. I’m so glad the Lord brought this to my attention. It feels good to get a fresh start on an old discipline.
There’s not really space to record the other areas I’m making course corrections on. I remember promising not to bore you with endless details about my day. Plus, I’ve found that changing one aspect of living has a way of pulling the others in the right direction.
Anybody want to join me? I’ll keep you updated on my journey. The boys are liking it already – and so am I.