Summer Reading Program

This morning went a little better, schedule-wise. I told my eldest that for this week, my number one priority is to get reading lesson time in with Caleb. He is so close to reading that I can’t let it drop now. We have about six weeks to go before we are done with the curriculum, and I hope the lightbulb will go on for him soon. It should. After his reading lesson this morning, I wanted to get some laundry done before we left for the library (different day this week due to waiting for Luke’s package yesterday), and that was like pulling teeth. With the introduction of a schedule, I changed the laundry jobs to being the girls’ responsibility. It used to be divided up among any able bodied child and would change every day. Putting the girls in charge seemed to me to be a more efficient way of doing it, but already my older girls are balking at the task. Maybe I will assign it to one girl each week. I don’t know. All I do know is I can’t do it by myself.
We finally did make it to the library, and I noticed how busy it was. Oh, right- school is out, and the library has their summer reading program up and running. Lots of kids were there, in and out, registering for the program and doing the scavenger hunt game in the children’s section. It made me a little nervous, and I kept counting our children, making sure I knew where everyone was. I saw Sam walking around with a boy his age, talking. Then Noah passed by with another boy his age, both of them working on finding the pictures for the scavenger hunt. It was so cute how they both found new friends that quickly! Each night at VBS we are challenged to invite someone else to come the next night, and both Sam and Noah wished they had thought to invite these boys. Abbie had me write some info about VBS on the back of a reading record sheet, and later I heard she gave it to a librarian. One of the kids scolded her, saying that the librarian wouldn’t come to VBS. Another then said, “She might have kids that can, though!”
I signed up for the adult reading program, and mulled over in my mind whether it would be ethical to put down books I had just finished, like
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
While We Are Far Apart by Lynn Austin
or George Muller: Delighted In God by Roger Steer
I concluded that that would not be right, as I had finished them all in the month of May, and the program just started on Monday. Well, then, what to read? I was drawing a blank. I considered starting down the list of Newberry Winners; Luke has said he wants the 2 older girls to read Newberry books this summer. Not only would this benefit them, but ones they like we could consider using in our homeschool book club, or something I could read aloud to the family. I also looked at things on the shelf at the library- books the staff had picked. I came home with a book called Flunking Sainthood, where this girl tries and fails at spiritual disciplines. It looks interesting.
But, as I put my lunch together after returning home, I thought again about how flunking sainthood is the norm, one reason for me being that I don’t hold the things of God in high esteem. I can completely get lost in any other book than the Bible. Why is that, since the Bible is the most important book ever written? I read in Deuteronomy this morning, “It is your lifeā€¦” A book like that deserves more attention. Why not, then, have my own summer reading program, and the books I attempt to read all be found in one Book, the Bible! I’m going to do it. While nursing, I spend so much time reading books. If I simply devote that time to reading my Bible this summer, I imagine I may just get a good way through it. Forget Read Through The Bible In A Year; I’m proposing for myself, Read Through The Bible In A Summer!