Welcome to Literacy Musing Mondays, Week 25. This week we launch our guest post series! I am so excited to be connected to such a great sphere of bloggers who love literacy, reading, and learning. Our first guest poster is Eva from the blog, Kid Minds.
Eva is a bloggie newbie. She just started her blog in March! A Russian transplant with three kids and a reading addiction, she still finds time to write in her “free five minutes between one kid asking for milk and the other two starting a fight over a toy.” She blogs about homeschooling, books and cooking. You can follow her on Google, Twitter, Pinterest, and Bloglovin.
10 Commandments of a Ferocious Reader
By Eva (Kid Minds blog)
I was destined for a life of ferocious reading from an early age. According to my grandmother, at my first birthday lineup, I picked a book over a bottle of wine, pack of cigarettes, deck of cards, yellow ducky, and microscope (my mom was a biology major). I don’t know if my grandma would have cheerfully acknowledged my selection of a wine bottle. I’m sorry to break it to you kid, but you are destined to the life of alcoholism because even as a baby you were attracted to a bottle.
By the time I turned 8, I was in the habit of walking home from school reading a book (I certainly needed some entertainment on a few miles walk with nothing but grey apartment buildings on both sides of the road). I walked three quarters of the way across an intersection with my eyes inside a book when I heard screeching of tires and a rush of air. Lifting my head I saw a bumper of a green Zhiguli that stopped an inch from me. My further reading adventures were never as dangerous.
By the time I was 16, I was studiously working toward my goal of reading every book in the world. One day our class teacher asked me to stay after school so that she could have a deep one-on-one with me about drugs. Drugs? I repeated incredulously. I didn’t have time for drugs. Did she see how many books were in our school library? No, my red eyes, shaking hands, and inability to stay awake during classes were caused by reading till four in the morning. But pssh… don’t tell my parents or they will make good on the promise to get my room rid of all the books.
Over a decade later, I was spending sleepless nights trying to get my little ones to sleep. I came up with Ten Commandments as a way to entertain myself, rocking in a squeaky reading chair unexpectedly with no book in hands, but a baby.
The Ten Commandments of a Ferocious Reader go like this:
- You shall read when baby sleeps. You shall sleep when baby reads. It also helps to develop a useful habit of needing no sleep at all.
- You shall put reading books before anything else with an exception of family and sleeping. Skip the last one, if you mastered #1.
- You shall always keep books away from liquids and small children and scissors. Did I say small children with scissors?
I love this post, but to read the rest of the hilarious list post you will have to hurry over to Eva’s site here!
Now back to the linkup. What have you read this week? What literacy activities have you participated in with your family and loved ones. Please share. All family-friendly posts are welcome. 😉
Ashley @Circling the Story
Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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