You guys! I am beside myself excited about what’s coming up next week.
After more than a year of thinking about it, I’m hosting a reading challenge and I would LOVE for you to join me!
I’m calling it the 5×5 Reading Challenge and the goal is to read 5 picture books with your children for 5 consecutive days.
It kicks off next Monday, March 11th and will run through Friday March, 15th.
Let me tell you about why I’m so passionate about this reading challenge:
The 5×5 Reading Challenge
I spend most of the day, every day, with my four children and yet, I constantly feel like my life is conspiring to make sure we don’t have any real time of connection.
Can you relate?
The days race by in a blur of laundry to be folded, emails to be answered, dinner to be prepped, errands to be run, lessons to drive to and from, and so on and so forth.
Last year, I realized that in the juggle of keeping my household running, I was failing at doing what mattered most to me – being a great mom.
My husband asked me, “What is one thing you could do that would make you feel like you were being the kind of mom you want to be.”
After just a few seconds, I realized that if I could spend 15 minutes reading books to my girls, that would go a long way to helping me feel the kind of connection I wanted with them.
That’s where the 5×5 Reading Challenge comes in.
Next week, for 5 days, put aside your laundry or dishes or emails for 15 minutes, grab a blanket (I don’t know why, but reading with a blanket is NEXT LEVEL for my children) and grab a stack of picture books.
Give yourself (and your child) the gift of being the mom you want to be for those few minutes every day next week.
The 5×5 Reading Challenge is a chance for you to work on creating a deep bond with your child, establish new habits of togetherness and instill a love of reading that will benefit them through their life.
That’s a lot of magic for 15 minutes a day (I haven’t even talked about the academic benefits of reading to your child!).
If you’ve gotten out of the habit of making reading together part of your routine, I hope this will help you jumpstart it.
And if you’re already a picture book aficionado, well . . . who wouldn’t want to do it with friends (even if it’s pretend friends on the internet)?
Sign up below to join the 5×5 Reading Challenge and I’ll send you some of my best picture book recommendations so you have plenty to choose from, plus a printable chart so you can keep track of the books with your children as you read next week.
And will there be some fun prizes along the way?
You can count on it!
I’m already counting down the seconds until Monday – I hope you’ll join me!