As a parent, I suffer with chronic Mom-Brainitis. Mom-Brainitis, of course, is not a clinical diagnosis. It is my own term for “Too Many Things to Remember,” and it progresses with each child.
However, I’m pretty certain we have reached the end of the school year. I am now a mom who has to make lists and keep an events calendar. Yep, my iPhone says summer break is on the horizon.
My 7-year-old son, though, seems determined to confuse me. He is a good student, but he is not easy to drag out of bed in the mornings to catch the bus, nor is he a fan of homework. But really, who is?
He moans and groans when he has to read a book out loud when he believes he should be playing. After all, he read at school.
So why am I confused? Because recently — and more than once — my son has come home brandishing a book from the school library, plopped himself down and read.
Nothing gets a mother more excited than that, except one thing: when your child reads, voluntarily, to a younger sibling.
Thank you, thank you, Mo Willems.
Willems is the author of the “Elephant & Piggie” book series. My son’s teacher has been reading these books in class. Despite my own efforts to get my son interested in books, few ever caught his attention.
“Hey! Let’s read Captain Underpants!” I suggested. What boy wouldn’t like those books? Mine.
Imagine my glee when my son sat down outside where his little sister was playing to read her his latest “Elephant & Piggie” story.
I couldn’t get on Amazon.com fast enough. I immediately ordered a set of these books. And when they arrived my son sat down, again with the Princess, to read.
So, how do I keep up this enthusiasm for reading? My older son has always been a bookworm, as have I. And following her brothers’ lead, our daughter has been asking us to read to her more and more. She’s even sitting still (bonus!).
The end of the school year is upon us, but the summer reading program at the Clark County Public Library, and many other libraries, will soon be under way.
Beginning June 3, children and teens can register for the program, “Dig Into Reading,” which runs through July 31. Prizes will be given away the week of Aug. 5.
Participants will receive a stamp for every book they read. Once they have five stamps, they can enter to win one of several prizes including Lego sets and a Smithsonian dinosaur digging kit.
In 2012 more than 800 children participated in the summer reading program.
“We do expect to see an increase in participation this year,” said Kate Kinnamon, PR assistant for the CCPL.
Well, I know of at least three more participants.
Children can register at any public library branch. More information and a schedule of events are available online at ccpl.lib.oh.us.