Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Summer Reading Club . . . Winner?

When it comes to parenting, my one source of pride is that all three of our kids love books and reading :)  But recently Alaina, particularly, has proven herself to be an outstanding example of this great legacy.

The day after school ended, I took Ben, Janae, and Alaina to the library to sign up for the summer reading club.  We have been members of this club every year for as long as I can remember, and even Alaina (who was only two years old at the time) earned her medal last summer by reading with her mom or dad for at least 15 minutes a day for seven weeks.

But this year, Alaina is more dedicated than ever.  She wakes up in the morning and asks, "Can I do my reading for the summer reading club?" 

She somehow got the idea that she has to read the books herself, rather than just listen to them--so she will tell me the stories (often quoting the actual text word-for-word and pointing to the lines as she "reads") before she will let me read them to her. 

Whenever we read a book Alaina asks, "Can I write this on my summer reading club sheet?" and sometimes she even records the titles in her own handwriting.  (You should see her "E"s--she draws a series of horizontal lines, rather than just the usual three, making the letter look like a ladder!)

Alaina reads first thing in the morning and last thing at night (even taking "one more" story into her bed to read before she goes to sleep).  She reads in the car (and has to be holding a book on our way out, no matter where we are going or how short the drive will be) and even as she is walking along.

 She is actually sitting on the couch right now, reading another book!

The other day Alaina smiled and announced, "I'm going to WIN the summer reading club!!" 

We're not quite sure if we'll need to break it to her that the club doesn't actually have a winner, but just awards a medal to each child who completes the required reading. . . .

But if the summer reading club did have a winner, I feel pretty sure that a little girl in our house would be a strong candidate :)