Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Next Generation

Growing up, I was always a sucker for the reading incentive programs that the school or library had in order to motivate more kids to read. I was one of those annoying nerdy kids who read all the summer reading lists to earn a baseball ticket or got to have lunch with the school librarian. Thrilling stuff. As an adult, and especially a classroom teacher/reading specialist, I have come to realize that rather that attract non-readers, the same kids will always participate-hence not really fulfilling its purposes, but I digress.
Our local library has recently sponsored one of these-and although I don't believe in them as true motivators, I can never resist the opportunity to get free stuff-plus, if Jak reads anyway, why not let him have a reward for it? After reading 9 books, he received a nifty colored pen/coloring book and after 12 books, a stuffed dragon----Jakson was very excited as you can plainly see in his expression. I'm raising a member of the next generation of nerds.
Speaking of books and nerdiness-in a previous blog , I wrote about my desire to have a library in my house---it's not quite a library, but I think it's a pretty good start....

9 comments:

Annie said...

Oh, the bookcase looks lovely. You totally love it.

And I can so see you eating lunch with your librarian, while wearing your Blossom hat.

"My peanut butter and jelly sandwich taste extra GOOD today, y'all!"

Vanessa said...

how does Jakson NOT pull everything out of those shelves? Oh, well, they look great!

Kolbaba said...

Are those shelves in the front room? Or a bedroom upstairs? I can't picture where they are in your house, I need your assistance. Nate and I tried to put our shelves in the front room but they wouldn't fit, so I would be quite impressed if you figured it out.

Amanda said...

Did you see that we have a date scheduled for our class reunion this summer? I don't know who's planning it, but there's a date. I am so hoping that you guys will come! I would love to see you and meet your family. I think it would be fun to get a picture of our Jaksons together. Also? I had to laugh about the prize being lunch with the librarian.

Matt & Brooke said...

I'm having flashbacks to our freshman year bat cave dorm...a roomate always in scrubs and reading (or instant messaging) Somehow it's not so hard visualizing you lunching with the librarian:) Love the shelves- Someday I'll create a cool reading corner like in NZ.

Audra Bollard said...

Lunch with the librarian? I got robbed--all I remember getting was McDonald's coupons (you know, feed your brain with books and your body with crap).

The bookshelves look great!

+AM+ said...

in the art community, there is a term: art for art's sake. it means, people producing art do it for the love of creation and pushing boundaries and sending a message. the opposite is that guy thomas kinkaide who paints art for money's sake.

i think your son is gonna be a reader for money's sake.

Shambonies said...

ooh is sthat new i really like it!! you have such good style!!

rawhide said...

i saw that someone posted about our 10 year high school reunion.....do you know when that is going to be?? heather clayton and i were just talking about that at institute on wed....and how do you know about these things???

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