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52 FEATS – NUMBER 21 (Reading to My Kids)

26 May

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

UPDATE – DAY 4 (Thursday):

What a great Feat.  Few joys equal laying in bed with my kids and hearing them say, “Let’s read another one!”

I hope this has inspired some of you to stop your busy lives and read to your kids.  And Lisa made a great comment – reading is a modeled behavior, too.  Take some time for yourself and crack open a book!  You’ll be glad you did.


Reading is one of my favorite pastimes.  I was an avid reader as a child, and my love of books has continued into adulthood.  In addition to reading for fun (Harry Potter and Twilight, anyone?), I belong to a book club, which has given me the immense pleasure of discovering new books while discussing interesting ideas with some really smart women.

When I became a parent, reading to my kids was very important to me.  It makes children smarter, it stimulates their imaginations, and it provides some great bonding time.  I started reading to both my children when they were too young to even see the books clearly.  Even as infants, I brought them to story time at the library on a regular basis.

I’ve heard that parents should read to their kids at least 20 minutes every day.  I used to scoff at that – we could easily do 20 minutes in one sitting!  In a whole day we always topped that.  At any given time, we usually have about 30 books checked out from the library!

But lately, we’ve become so busy with other responsibilities (or rather, I’ve become so busy) that on most days, we don’t make even that 20-minute mark.  I remember a couple days last week when we got into bed after endless activities, without having cracked a single book all day.  While I don’t want to beat myself up over that, I know I can do better.

This week, I’m going to make reading to my children a top priority.  My son can read, so I’m going to make sure that he’s getting daily reading practice as well.  Neither one of my kids is in school, so that gives us plenty of time each day for reading.  And, as usual, we’re well-stocked with a huge stack of library books.

Happy reading week, everyone – sit down with your kids (or just yourself) and read!!

Home School Book Fair at Arlington Convention Center

6 May

Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, the Arlington Convention Center hosts a Home School Book Fair.  You can shop for books, sit in on one of the many featured speakers, or just chat with other homeschoolers for encouragement and inspiration.


8:00 am – Registration opens

8:30 am – Exhibit Hall opens

9:30 am – 11:45 am – Morning Workshops

11:45 am – 1:15 pm – Lunch Break

1:15 pm – 4:45 pm – Afternoon Workshops

5:30 pm – Exhibit Hall closes

Registration at the door is $20.  For more information, visit www.homeschoolbookfair.org.

Day of the Child/Day of the Book at the Fort Worth Science Museum – April 30

27 Apr

Day of the Child/Day of the Book (Día de los Niños, Día de los Libros)
Saturday, April 30, 2011

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

April 30 marks a special day in the lives of children. It is a day to celebrate children and the joy of reading! Come join the fun at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History!

  • Meet some of our live animals
  • Say hello to Dynamo, our longneck dinosaur mascot
  • Dig for dinosaur bones and fossils and meet some dinosaurs that lived in your backyard
  • Create and build playful contraptions and toys
  • Listen to stories and storytellers
  • Create your own family book
  • Enjoy jugglers, magicians  and hula hoopers
  • Play with bubbles and paint your face
  • Explore new ideas in our hands-on exhibits like the Children’s Museum, Energy Blast, Identity and Fort Worth Champions

Pick up a coupon for $1 Child Exhibit Admission for Day of the Child at Fort Worth community centers and the following Fort Worth Public Library locations: downtown, Diamond Hill/Jarvis, Northside and Seminary.

Baby Songfest at the Arlington Public Library – April 19

18 Apr

Bring your little one to the Baby Songfest at the Arlington Public Library!

Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.
Woodland West Branch
Newborn to 24 months

Join us for a fun filled evening of music and singing. Your child will develop language skills with music in a fun filled sing-a-long environment as we learn new songs and revisit old favorites. Make sure you get baby their first library card and get your card stamped to be eligible for our monthly prize drawing.

For more information, visit the APL website at www.arlingtonlibrary.org.

Dog Days at the Arlington Public Library

5 Apr

What a fun way to practice reading!  On Saturday, April 9, from 10:30 am to noon, kids can come to the Central Branch of the Arlington Public Library and read to a trained R.E.A.D. dog (Reading Education Assistance Dog).  Several teams of these trained dogs and their owners will be at the library.  Every child who reads will get 15 minutes of a dog’s undivided attention.  Books will be provided.

The Central Branch is located at 101 E. Abram Street in downtown Arlington.

Pre-registration is required.  Click here to register online.

Arlington Public Library Book Sale

23 Mar

Are you a book lover?  Come to the Meadowbrook Recreation Center in Arlington (1400 Dugan Street) for the Friends of Arlington Public Library Book Sale.  Over 60,000 items will be offered, including fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, collector’s items, videos, audiobooks, and paperbacks.

Only cash or checks are accepted – no credit cards.  Proceeds benefit the Arlington Public Library.

Wednesday, March 23, 3 pm – 7 pm (Members Night for Friends of APL)

Thursday, March 24, 3 pm – 7 pm

Friday, March 25, 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday, March 26, 9 am – 5 pm

Sunday March 27, 11 am – 4 pm (Half Price Day)

For more information, visit www.fapl.org.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Time at Barnes & Noble

16 Mar

On Saturday, March 19, come to a Barnes & Noble near you for a special story time with Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Click here to find a store near you.

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