01 June 2016
Day 85 / 105 - Unplug and Read
For the month of May I attempted an experiment with my children. The three of us were to unplug all devices and sit down to read independently for 60 minutes a day.
If you ask me if we are a family that reads, I would say 'yes'. We do read often, we love stories, and we own lots of books. I still read aloud to my children everyday that we school at home. But I have begun to realize that as my children age, reading isn't habitual for them. If they have down time, they gravitate toward a device. I must admit, it's what has been modeled for them by their mother. As we approach the summer months, we needed a reset.
So beginning in May, reading has been assigned for one hour a day. Mom included. Even on weekends. (There were a few days we missed due to traveling, but not many!) It's actually quite impressive how much can be read in only 60 minutes a day. Personally, I finished three Shakespeare plays, countless Shakespeare resources, and I'm halfway through my first Dickens novel. My children have flown through a few books of their choosing as well as some 'suggested' titles. My daughter made it through the wardrobe, and my son has enjoyed life in nineteenth century St. Petersburg, Missouri.
We're planning on continuing the assignment throughout the summer months (and hopefully by that time, it will become a habit) !! I look forward to updating you on our progress.