Monday, February 11, 2008

Book Chain

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When my daughter was learning to read, we started a book chain. Every time she read a book we added a link. She was so excited to see her chain grow. It eventually went around her room. She was always so proud.




Colton is starting to read books, so we started his book chain today. He too was excited to add his links. I thought I would share this, maybe it will encourage you little ones to read.




I am always looking for ways to encourage my kids to read, do you have any tips that you use? If so please let me know.




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28 comments:

Pam said...

I may have to use this in my classroom! That just might motivate this group! Thanks for the tip.

Maggie said...

What a fantastic idea - I'm totally going to steal it...I mean borrow it!

Andrea said...

Oh, that is SUCH a good idea! I'm definitely going to use this one once Tate starts reading!! Thanks for the Great idea...if only I had one to share with you....

care-in said...

What a terrific idea!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Oh my goodness, we just started a book chain 3 days ago. I put up a go sign and started the chain there and when they reach the stop sign we will go to IHOP.

Other reading markers we've done are train tracks (a new track goes across for each book and the engine gets to move along as you read), putting paper flower heads on dowel stems in a vase, etc. The kids love it so much that they ask to read often.

Brittany said...

You are SO full of ideas! I love it!
I might borrow this as well, someday!

Amber M. said...

My son will LOVE this!

Jenn said...

What a wonderful idea!! My almost 8 year old does not really enjoy reading, but he loves making chains for things - so we are going to try this. Thanks!

Jennifer said...

great idea!

Melissa said...

Oh, good idea!! Hope will love to see her chain grow! You are one smart mama!

Are You Serious! said...

♥ That's a fabulous idea... I think I'm going to do this!!!

Family Adventure said...

What a great idea! I'm going this for my youngest, who is not nearly as excited about reading as my eldest. Thank you! And go Colton!

Heidi :)

Beth said...

What an awesome idea.

Kristina said...

Another good idea is a book tree. Put up a tree and add leaves each time he reads a book.

Steph said...

Very cool idea, we may start a chain later this week. Thanks for all your cool tips.

Sandra said...

What a great idea Jen...I wish I had started this with Jasmine but hey, Nicholas is starting kindergarten this year so it will be perfect :)

girlymom said...

This is a great idea! I'll have to remember this, right now we have a countdown to Florida chain, the kids love it!

Jen said...

Awesome idea...you have such great ideas all the time. I really look forward to the things you do during the summer when all the kids are home.

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

That's a great idea! The only suggestion I have is taking your kids to the library or the bookstore and letting them gravitate to whatever interests them. I used to walk out of the library with book bags bursting they wanted one of everything (books, magazines, books on tape, etc.) I think the fact that it was their choice made it more fun for them.

Lizzy

Joanna said...

Letting them pick out their own book always helped. Blackmail, bribery, threats - whatever works. Cute idea.

Annikke said...

You remind me of one of my sisters... she always does neat, fun and clever things like this! I love reading your blog!

MamaGeek said...

Very very clever! I love that idea. Please, print a book already!

The Bargain Shopper Lady said...

This is a great idea! I read a good book called Reading Magic that was super helpful too!

Sue said...

cWhat a great idea!!!

jennifer said...

Yep. This is an idea I am lifting! Your blog is very pretty - Jennifer

Renee's Reading Corner said...

What a great ideal!

Cocoa said...

We haven't done chain but we have done bookworms adding a circle for each book read to make the worm grow.

One way I've gotten my kids to read is to start reading a book I know they'll love out loud to them but for only a couple of pages. They want to read more so they pick it up and read the rest themselves.

Scribbit said...

Oh that is a GREAT idea! With Lillian just starting to read it would be perfect for us--she was even rambling on yesterday about wanting to make a paper chain. It must have been a sign.