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I love that Aubrey is at the age of being fascinated with books. We read books all the time, usually because she asks to read one. She gets consumed in the story and every book is an adventure. It is my favorite thing about a book, the total consumption and being brought along for the ride. With Aubrey being 3, she is not yet at the age where she is able to read on her own and the only thing she can spell is her name. She knows letters and what they look like and is starting to understand what words start with what letters. This is a big part in the reading education. I am willing to support whatever I can to further this education and reading ability.
This is why I was so excited to see that our local libraries here in Savannah, the Live Oak library system, has taken on the 1000 Books before Kindergarten challenge Well, challenge accepted in the Bus house. This is an initiative that you will find in libraries across the United States. Why 1000 books before Kindergarten? If you go on the website www.1000booksbeforekindergarten.org they explain that a child's ability to learn language skills is greatest before age 6. If you read one book a day with your child, you will reach the 1000 books in less than 3 years. It has been a fun challenge in our house to get us excited to read, help us reach our goals, hold us accountable. and engage in learning. All stories and books count. It will help your children gain the concepts and skills they need to go to and succeed in Kindergarten. It does not cost anything to join in on the challenge.
How do you track it? We downloaded the Beanstack app. In it you can set up the reader profile. You can scan the book ISBN codes in order to get the information on the book or input it manually if it is not available. This will help you track how many books you read, how many pages, how many times a particular book is read (yes it still counts if the same book is read multiple times),and how many minutes you read for. You earn badges along the way when you reach a milestone. We recently reached the 25 books read badge. Aubrey says we are almost to 1000 books, although I remind her we still have a long way to go.
She knows we track the book everytime we read and gets excited to add another book to her list. In order to help us reach our goal, we have been spending extra time at the library. Every other week we go and pick out a book or 2 to read, pick out 3-4 to bring home, enjoy them and do it all over again. Not only is this teaching Aubrey about books, introducing her to new stories, but it is teaching her about the library. It is teaching her to care for the books we have to bring back, the rules of the libray, and the concept of borrowing. Aubrey gets super excited with every trip to the library and it has made me even more excited to go.
No, we may not win anything by completing the challenge. No prize is involved other than the prize of quality time spent with your children, the enhancement of reading education and language development, and enjoyment of a good story. I encourage you to take on the 1000 books challenge. Learn more at www.1000booksbeforekindergarten.org. I hope to have you join along.