Good Lord! Where did the last week go I wonder? Between drama at work and a crushingly busy weekend followed by parent-teacher conferences for my oldest last evening, I completely lost track of time and updating everyone on our SpReAd the Love progress.
The book challenge has gotten underway with posts from Trudy Brasure and Servetus on favorite children’s books. I really do need to get going on this…I’ve been re-reading my selection. I will also have a guest post from my daughter MiniMe who, I think, has made her final book selection, but that may have changed since yesterday. There is still time to write a post if you’d like, of if you’d rather not, you can always get in on the act by simply donating a children’s book where it can be of use. I also found a fantastic triple dip opportunity for many in the US….
This means if you choose to donate to the Half Pint Library, Half Price Books will match your donation, and if you let us know about it, we’ll count it as well and money will be donated to Richard Armitage’s Just Giving charities – that’s a lot of impact for the donation of one small book 🙂
After meeting our first challenge goal in only 6 weeks, we are still steadily tallying kindness from all over and I am confident that we’ll reach our second matching gift donation with kindness to spare. It’s really clear to me that for many people in this wonderful community, kindness and generosity are a way of life, not something most find needful of credit. SpReAd the Love’s main goal is to highlight and celebrate the amazing capacity for kindness that so many Armitage fans embody, and if we can raise a little money for some worthy causes in the process, that much the better. As of Sunday February 23rd, we’ve recorded 226 kindnesses given or received.
In the spirit of the recently completed Sochi Winter Olympiad, I’ll leave you with a pretty cool Olympic kindess that Jazzy passed along to me
226? Cool! Thanks for updating; without you doing the bookkeeping I’d be totally lost!
All hail Excel!! 🙂
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We’re up to 226!
Wonderful! And so heartening.
It’s a total pick me up every time I do it!
It’s really uplifting to see the steady increase of all the kindnesses. Well done to all (minus me – I haven’t done anything about the book challenge… but then again, I can’t contribute there as all my children’s books are not in English…).
Did you have a book that you read to your kids in English when they were small?
Nope. Never. Totally and strictly German only. All in the service of spotless bilingual education. In fact, the very first book I ever read to my children in English was “The Hobbit” two years ago…
I wondered about that…I read somewhere that it’s the best way to encourage bilingualism (each parent speaking exclusively one language). I will dedicate one of mine in celebration of my envy of your bilingual children. 🙂 ( I was asking my son about an important book from his childhood and when he couldn’t come up with one, I suggested “Everyone Poops” by Taro Gomi…he was not amused – so of course I’ll do it silly!)
I’m going to totally shock you all by saying that “Everyone Poops” is a personal favorite of mine. My kids were less amused by it than I was, too. 🙂
It’s a modern classic IMHO 🙂
Yup, it is pretty much essential for the first 15 years of their bringing up that you must strictly keep to the mother-tongue and not swap between languages when you are speaking with your children. I can only say now that both of them are in/on the verge of their teens that the approach worked and their minority language is firmly established, fluent and accent-free. Mind you – still grammar mistakes and plenty of vocabulary gaps. But that is the crux with the minority language…
Anyway – Everyone Poops sounds like interesting reading *chuckles*. Looking forward to the review 😀
Thanks for sharing the link to Trudy’s guest post! Cheers!
My pleasure – Thank YOU for hosting!!