"A room without books is like a body without a soul." — Marcus Tullius Cicero
You can still enter to win prizes for the Four Hundred Follower Fiesta until midnight EST. But I’m sorry to announce I can’t pick the winners today.
I had the best of intentions when I picked the date for my alliterative title way back when. Before I realized report cards would be due on 02/08. I’m feeling swamped.
Most unfiesta-like. So will announce the winners on FEBRUARY FOURTEENTH, which will keep my post title alliterative and will maybe send some love to followers on that special day.
Thank you to all who follow.
Thank you to all who comment.
Read this while you wait for the winners:
Most of us are teachers and writers, right? We’re all readers I assume.
This was posted in front of the 8th-grade ELA teacher’s classroom. It’s from Hornbook http://www.hbook.com/ and is by Dean Schneider and Robin Smith.
THIRTEEN FOURTEEN WAYS TO RAISE A NONREADER
(I’m going to add one to keep with my alliterative contest.)
1. Never read where your children can see you.
2. Put a TV or computer in every room. Don’t neglect the bedrooms and kitchen.
3. Correct your child every time she mispronounces a word.
4. Schedule activities everyday after school so your child will never be bored.
5. Once your child can read independently, throw out the picture books. They’re for babies.
6. Don’t play board games together. Too dull.
7. Give little rewards for reading. Stickers and plastic toys are nice. Money is even better.
8. Don’t expect your children to enjoy reading. Kids’ books are for teaching vocabulary, proper study habits, and good morals.
9. Buy only 40-watt bulbs for your lamps.
10. Under no circumstances read your child the same book over and over. She heard it once, she should remember it.
11. Never allow your child to listen to books on tape; that’s cheating.
12. Make sure your kids only read books that are “challenging.” Easy books are a complete waste of time. That goes double for comic books and Mad magazine.
13. Absolutely, positively no reading in bed.
14. Don’t buy or borrow books for your children, especially when they’re too young to appreciate them.
Would you add anything to this list?
Are you guilty of promoting any of these fourteen?
Love, Theresa xo
P.S. It’s my mother-in-law’s birthday today.
Feel free to wish her a happy day in the comments.