Time flies when you are having fun.
Time goes faster as you get older.
These adages are certainly true for me! I have a busy schedule this fall with full-time teaching and a full load of classes. How am I able to read all these Children’s Lit books? The truth is…..I don’t know.
How much do I read?
We are supposed to read 4 hours per week for this course. Four hours sounds like a long time, but I think that I have read more than that each week. The big key to this is that I am enjoying what I am reading! (Thanks Donalyn Miller!) I have chosen books that I am drawn to for a variety of reasons – the cover, a funny title, beautiful illustrations. When I enjoy what I am reading, I make the time to read.
When do I read?
I am an early bird. I have found that when I get up in those quiet hours, I get a lot done. Those early morning hours are not filled with reading though. Rather, I get some of my other tasks get done. I then have time to read in the late afternoons. This has been when I read the most – between coming home and dinner.
I also work to read during those “edge times” – 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there. This is not the most productive for me. I do better when I read in semi-long blocks of time.
Where do I read?
Mainly, I read at home. I go to my stack of “To Be Read” books, choose one, then curl up on my couch to read. My favorite reading buddy is my corgi. She and I hang out while I enjoy the stories I am reading.
This week I have had a few of my books in ebook format. This has allowed me to take my book in my pocket! I can more easily read on my phone or tablet with an ebook. However, I prefer to read a paper book – especially picture books – but technology has made carrying books much easier.
Reflecting on my reading these last few weeks, I say that my habits reflect Donalyn Miller’s strategies for teaching reading. Choice. Comfort. Fun.
I have choice in my reading material. I have a warm and comfortable environment to read. I have people to talk to about my reading.
Where do you read? When do you read? Do you prefer traditional books or ebooks? Let’s talk about reading below!