Drop Everything and Read
This week, Beverly Cleary will celebrate her 100th birthday. She was a gateway to reading for my oldest daughter and this milestone isn’t simply a century marker, it is also Drop Everything and Read Day. Sounds like plenty of reasons to celebrate! Ramona Quimby (via Ms. Cleary) introduced readers to D.E.A.R in Ramona Quimby, Age 8. While teaching, it was called SSR (silent sustained reading) or IR (independent reading), but around here we just call it living life at home. I thought it would be fun to show you around our house and let you see the nooks and crannies where I offer books. I make books available and the kids read as they like. Since I have only one independent reader so far, I often sidle up to them to read whatever they request. We will celebrate on Tuesday like any other day, with lots of cuddles and books of many different kinds.
Welcome to Our Home
Yikes! I’m feeling a little nervous; it’s not every day you invite the world to see what is going on inside your house. One day the kitchen will be remodeled, the stray crayon marks will be history, the toys may be put away and the sink will be tidied as soon as meals are served (um, who are we kidding, this won’t really happen). I figure the house is great for the creative
destruction discovery of little people and when they are grown, we can renovate. Until then, we spend a lot of time here; comfort, function and ease, pretty please. Which is the idea behind stocking your house with book nooks and book baskets and areas that welcome curling up with something to read.
But enough fooling around-let’s get on with the tour! Here’s how we drop everything and read:
This is the room where we spend the bulk of our time during the day. We read, relax, and play in this room. A bookcase is here but since books are in regular rotation, it goes from very full to quite empty. Behind the couch is my greatest IKEA find…a shelf that is wide enough to display books, facing out. You know how you are more interested in books at the library or bookstore when you can see the cover? Same at home. I rotate the titles depending on what we are studying at the time. We are in the midst of a unit on Africa and Jane Goodall. A basket next to the couch holds our Morning Time materials including our current read alouds, mental math and memory work books, and any new picture books that might interest little people. A teepee stands in the corner and there are playaways, headphones and cd or mp3 players there to listen to books in a snugged-up place.
Living Room & Dining Room
The living room holds a whole wall bookcase so, tons of books but also puzzles, games and toys are housed on it. The dining room is where we celebrate Poetry Teatime and we do much of our written work here. Sometimes we bring a cd player or the wireless speaker in to listen while we eat. But meals rarely take long to scarf down, so audiobooks really serve us best in the car. We have an art space near the kitchen where I keep books to mostly inspire and give me ideas for tinkering and fiddling and creating.
Um, yes, there are books in the bathroom. Let’s be honest. Captive audience. Boring, sometimes lengthy stays. I’m just saying. More picture or snippet type books here and all kept safely on the counter.
Each kid has a bedroom shelf of books. Rarely do we bring library books upstairs because we never can find them again. At night, before bed, we squeeze in a book or two to read to everyone. As my oldest has become an independent reader, she zooms off on her own.
Yep-we keep a stock of books by the door to grab for nature walks or if the day is warm enough to lay in the sun reading. Right now, since it is spring, we are reading about frogs. Things are ready to go and that convenience pays off. Grab and go!
Where do you keep your piles of books? Do you have a system? I’d love to hear what you do to encourage your family to drop everything and read! Leave a comment, subscribe to the newsletter or find me on Facebook. I just tried Facebook Live yesterday and I think I will be hopping on to give you some inspiration through the week. Hope to see you here or there or everywhere–reading, naturally! Happy D.E.A.R Day!
If you would love more ideas for shelving those books, why not stop over at iHomeschool Network to see what other homeschoolers do!