Tempus Fugit

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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.

Final thoughts

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!

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12 thoughts on “Tempus Fugit

  1. You are so right–when you enjoy what you are reading, it makes such a huge difference! My problem tends to be that I don’t want to put a good book down–my “edge” time or reading before bed time becomes much longer and I end up burning the midnight oil!

    I also think I’d do a lot better if I could ban my smartphone–I spend too much time mindless surfing Facebook or Pinterest. I need to get off of it and spend that time doing more productive activities!

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    1. I am finding that I want to read all these great books, but I am not able to physically read that much in my week! I had to change one of my books for this week because I do not physically have time to finish the 400+ page book I’m almost halfway through and the nearly 200 page book I wanted to read. 😦
      I guess that one will get put on my To Be Read pile for later.
      How do you pick which books you have time to read?

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      1. Hmm–that’s a good question. I guess I should admit right now, that I have a bad habit of being a binge reader. So, if I find a book and start reading it, and it is really good, I have a really hard time putting it down! So, I will usually start reading it right after I put my kids to bed, around 7:30, and read until 10 or so…then I talk myself into going to bed. The large chunks of time mean that I get it read pretty quickly! But, that is hard to do when you have a lot of homework and other things to do…

        This week, I read a couple of books that were novels. However, they were still 4th or 5th grade level, so the chapters were relatively short and the print fairly large. It took about 2 hours to read one of them, so that wasn’t so bad. It was still a book that I found interesting and wanted to read, though!

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      2. I think finding something that is interesting and I enjoy is key! The only week, so far, that I have struggled through some I did not enjoy was during Caldecott week. Reading 30 picture books was not hard, but there were certainly some that I did not enjoy!
        I look forward to seeing what you read in Monday’s post!

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  2. I also struggle to read during edge times. I love the idea of it, but I prefer to get absorbed in my book and have a longer period of time to read. But I’m realizing that those long open blocks to read just might not happen this semester, so I need to turn off the social media (my preferred edge time activity!) and open the books!

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    1. I feel like I need to unplug from social media sometimes, but I don’t live near many friends and family and FB is all I have!
      I do have to say that blogging (and posting for classes) seems very social and I would prefer to do that than read at times. Yikes!

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  3. That is awesome that you enjoy reading as much as you do! I attempt to read on “edge time” as well. On occasion, I download the book via my iPhone, and anytime that I have available, I read. Whether it’s five minutes waiting in line at the store or thirty minutes where my book is not available, I seize the opportunity to turn the pages! Also I find that setting a goal is extremely beneficial. Before I begin to read , I set a goal of reading a certain amount of pages or reading until the next chapter. And, when I reach that goal, if I feel the need to keep going, I do! I like your comment about your reading buddy! I have two reading buddies, a German shepherd and a yorkie; both feel as though they need to be as close as physically possible to me during my reading time. Great post and keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks! Our reading buddies are amazing – although Daisy prefers if I read silently while I pet her belly!
      I honestly had never thought of opening my ebook while I’m in line at the store. That’s a new technique to put into my tool kit.
      My struggle is with the goal setting (at least right now). I have so much work, homework and reading for this class to do, my goals seem to be bigger than what is possible. What are some ways you set a SMART (reachable) goal?

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      1. I don’t pick anything too crazy because I’m not a “speed reader” by any means. I just attempt to read to the upcoming chapter before I commit my time elsewhere.

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  4. You will have to post a picture of your reading buddy sometime for us to see! I usually read on the couch in my apartment, and I would really just like to read in my bed, but it’s a top bunk so I can’t sit up or I’d hit the ceiling! I usually read late at night when I have most of my homework done but hopefully I can read a bunch this weekend. I personally prefer reading on my phone because I have it with me everywhere and the screen is already lit up so I can read at night!

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    1. I will find a good picture to post of her…there is one on my “About the Author” page too. I really enjoy having the convenience of a book in my pocket on a phone or eReader. I enjoy it too much sometimes! My husband will say, “You bought HOW many books on Kindle?”

      Do you miss having a “hard copy” to read?

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      1. Sometimes I do, and I actually like to buy the physical version of comics I read online, but sometimes they’re not available in America. I do have a few that I imported that are in Japanese because I wanted the physical version anyways!

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