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Keep kids entertained during break with our free reading challenge printable! Two design to choose from, one perfect for kids, one great for teens and tweens!
Hi crafty friends! I hope that you are all staying healthy and safe. I have all of your families in my thoughts. The last week or so seems surreal. It’s hard to believe that we are living through something that will end up in the history books.
My friend Cheryl from That’s What Che Said, told me recently that she had read an incredible piece of advice. My interpretation of what she said was something like this:
Our kids will always remember this event. It’s going to be written about in history books and talked about for years to come. We, as parents, are responsible for how our children look back and remember this time. Will they remember it as an awful, scary, horrible time in their life where their parents were stressed, talking in whispers, and worried that they won’t be able to finish the school year? Or will they remember it as one of the most amazing times of their life? Where they got to spend uninterrupted time with their family, play card and board games, stay up late, read incredible books, watch movies and have insightful conversations about them after, eat breakfast for dinner and ice cream for breakfast, etc.
I won’t lie. I’m one stressed out mama right now. My skin is pale, I have bags under my eyes, my anxiety is in overdrive and I have spent the last few days glued to either my iphone or my computer screen, refreshing social media and news sites over and over and over again.
Last night though I asked my 11 year old daughter, who has struggled with anxiety, how she was feeling about everything. She said “I’m actually not that worried. It’s spring break, you and dad get to work from home, we have food in our pantries, a bunch of books checked out from the library. I’m good.”
I wish that I am feeling as optomistic as my daughter but when I sat back and thought about it, I realized that she got it from my hubby and I. My hubby, always the researcher was on this months ago and started making sure we were stocking our pantry and getting prepared. I nodded my head and smiled, secretly thinking he was crazy but admitting that it can’t hurt to be prepared. I lived by the motto– Keep calm and carry on.
My daughter is now feeling secure because her dad is such an amazing provider (thank you from the bottom of my heart babe for being so on top of things), and calm and optimistic because of me.
My kids are far from sheltered. My son sat with me as Prime Minister Trudeau addressed the country yesterday, and I’ve had many conversations with my daughter about how corona virus is effecting people around the world, but they are also prepared and optimistic. They have bits of both my husband and I in them and at the end of the day I have to believe that they will be fine, we will be fine, and at some point the world will return to a state of normality.
This was not at all where I expected to go with this post, but I feel glad that I’m opening my heart up to all of you, and hope that you feel that this is a safe space to open your heart up as well.
How are you feeling mom? How are you coping dad? Please share in the comments or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. One of my favorite things about this community is that I feel like we have a created a village of friends from around the world. I care about you all and hope you are all safe, healthy and well.
So now onto the original thought behind this post. I know that with schools closed and kids at home, parents will be encouraging their kids more than ever to crack open a book and get reading! My kiddos are both big readers (I think it’s the side effect of having parents who met and fell in love while working at a bookstore) but some kids need a bit more encouragement, so today I’m sharing a super cute reading challenge printable!
I have two sets of reading challenges– one monster themed one that might be super fun for younger kids, and then a bingo style reading challenge that older kids might prefer.
Both reading challenge printables are fun, entertaining and easy to do when you’re family is social distancing. Plus they are free and you can’t beat that!
Each reading challenge also comes with a set of super cute printable bookmarks!
You can find both of the free reading challenge printables here. (Note: You should be able to automatically download this printable. I’ve been getting a few request to access notifications from email addresses that end with .org. It appears that many schools have their firewalls set so that you can’t download files from google drives and when I try emailing the person the email bounces back. If you are having trouble accessing please try downloading from a non-school device. If that doesn’t work email me from a personal email address and I will send you the file.)
I know that finding new books may be a challenge as stores, schools and libraries around the world are temporarily closed for quarantine so I wanted to let you know about my daughter and my favorite app– The Libby App.
With Libby you can search for libraries that you have library cards for, enter your library card information and access that libraries ebook and audiobook collection. Ebooks can be read on tablets, phones and computers. There are a huge collection of library books available to be checked out through Libby and we’re sure that not only will it get you through quarantine, you’ll also be using it for years to come!
Find the Libby App here. (This is in no way sponsored. I have no contact with Libby, but it’s an app my family uses and loves that I wanted to share with you.)
Tell me… How are you feeling with the state of the world right now? Is there anything we can do to help? Also very curious if you’ve ever tried the Libby app or if you have another app you’d recommend while the kids are at home?
Like our free reading challenge printables? We’d love for you to pin them for later!
Make sure you also check out our printable section here. We are new to printables but we’ll be adding more each week all month long!