Reading And A Barnes & Noble Date


Well, it’s been 6 months since I formally announced the beginning of our Homeschooling Adventure.  

I had all these grand plans to post every now and then and share how the journey was going for us and share some of the cool things we were doing. But, the posting didn’t happen. So here we are one week into the spring semester of our first homeschooling year, and I haven’t even made one post about our adventures.

When we first started homeschooling, one of the things I was looking forward to was the incentives that I would put into place for my kids. For example, make a sticker chart and every time they read a book, put a sticker on the chart and when they reach fifty books, take them out for a date. Yes, it was this type of fun stuff that I was looking forward to implementing. It’s fun watching your kids reach goals and then celebrate with them.


And I got to do just that! I went through the book  Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons with Riley. We did every single lesson in the book.  We were both so excited we finished it! We did it! We made it through the book without skipping a lesson. We enjoyed our time of cuddling up on the couch together every day to read, but we were also excited about the sense of accomplishment from finishing.   I had been telling her that when we did, we would get to have a special date. This special date happened to be the same weekend she ran her first 1/2 marathon.  So it was a fun filled family weekend for us.

We took her out on a date to  Barnes and Noble for her to pick out her very own book to have and add to her personal library that she is building.

Selfishly, I was really hoping for a great new picture book to have in our family to read to the kids, but that is not what she wanted. I kept subtly picking out really good books to show her, but she had her own mind made up of what she wanted. I finally just sat back to watch her do her shopping and enjoy her excitement.

It was really funny watching her bounce and flutter through the children’s book section to find what she wanted to claim as her own.

We came home with a couple of small books just her size that she can read and enjoy.

So YAY for celebrating and reaching goals! Hopefully, this week I can get a recap of our semester posted for you.


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  1. Yay for books! I think one of the things I’ve enjoyed the most about my kids getting older is their learning to read. I love watching my daughter get into a book, and get excited when the book box lands on our doorstep.

  2. How fun! I love watching kids get into reading. We used to spend hours in Barns and Noble when I was younger. What a fun date!

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