Sunday, August 14, 2011

Update: 100 Books in 100 Days

This summer has definitely turned out different than what I had originally planned back in May.  I completed 2 weeks of the "home camp" ideas that I found over at  "Life as Mom".  I was having so much fun planning the units and working on the projects that the kids and I were doing, but "things" happened this summer and the ideas that I had for the summer had to change a little bit too.  I did not continue the themes that I had planned for about 8 weeks of the summer, and I know that I can continue with those ideas when the timing is right.  One thing that did not change was reading books with the kids.

We LOVE to read in our house.  So, I came up with an idea to complete this summer that I called "100 books and 100 days."  I challenged myself (and Dawson) to read 100 books to our kids - who are 3 and 5 - in 100 days.  Back in May, I had listed 16 of the books that made it on to this list.  I have not blogged too much this summer, so I have not had a chance to update the number of books that we have read...and August 31st, the 100th day, will be here before you know it!

I have to admit...I don't think that every book that we have read to them has made it on to this list, however, every LIBRARY book that we have read together or every book that we listed for our library summer reading has made it on to the list.  

Below is the updated list of books that we have read to our boys this summer:

  1. Down by the Bay  by Raffi
  2. Puppy Mudge Takes a Bath by Cynthia Rylant
  3. Bounce by Doreen Cronin
  4. Rainbow Fish by Finds His Way by Marcus Pfister
  5. Swimming by Leo Lionni
  6. Hungry, Hungry Sharks by Joanna Cole
  7. Whales and Dolphins by Peter and Connie Roop
  8. Rainbow Fish to the Rescue by Marcus Pfister
  9. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
  10. Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin
  11. Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack by Doreen Cronin
  12. A Busy Day at the Farm by Doreen Cronin
  13. Thump, Quack, Moo: a Whacky Adventure by Doreen Cronin
  14. In the Garden: Who's Been Here? By Lindsay Barrett George
  15. Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski
  16. Big Chickens Fly the Coop by Leslie Helakoski
  17. Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson and Nancy Carpenter
  18. Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
  19. Funny Farm by Mark Teague
  20. Hurry! Hurry! By Eve Bunting
  21. The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
  22. Spot Goes to the Farm by Eric Hill
  23. The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming
  24. On the Farm by David Elliott
  25. A Surprise Garden by Disney
  26. Tiny on the Farm by Cari Meister
  27. Apples by Gail Gibbons
  28. Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
  29. Apples by Gail Gibbons
  30. Summertime in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  31. A Lion Named Shirley Williamson by Bernard Waber
  32. The Berenstein Bears Down on the Farm by Stan and Jan Berenstein
  33. The Fish who Cried Wolf by Julia Donaldson
  34. Birthday Zoo by Lynn Munsinger
  35. The Bear went over the Mountain by Rosemary Wells
  36. Grandfather's Dream by Holly Keller
  37. My Mommy and Me by Laura Trayser
  38. Open Wide by Laurie Keller
  39. Finding Nemo
  40. Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson
  41. Stop Thief by Robert Kalan
  42. A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
  43. ABC Safari by Karen Lee
  44. Safari Animals by Missy Kavanaugh
  45. I Went Walking by Sue Williams
  46. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (we have read this many times...but it still counts!)
  47. Ten Apples up on the Top by Dr. Seuss
  48. Doggies by Sandra Boynton
  49. Bounce Around, Tigger
  50. Mama, Mama by Jean Marzollo
  51. What did you Say? By Mandy Stanley
  52. Can't you sleep, Little Bear? by Martin Waddell
  53. I Love you, Little One by Nancy Tafuri
  54. Bears in the Forrest by Karen Wallace
  55. Buginnings: Colors by Max Lucado
  56. The Big Red Blanket
  57. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  58. Coyote and the Laughing Butterfly by Harriet Peck Taylor
  59. Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat by Cynthia Rylant
  60. My Dog Talks by Gail Herman
  61. Henry and Mudge and the Tumbling Trip by Cynthia Rylant
  62. Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears by Cynthia Rylant
  63. Henry and Mudge in the Family Trees by Cynthia Rylant
  64. Dinosaur by Peter Sis
  65. What Do You Say When a Monkey Acts this Way? By Jane Belk Moncure
  66. Mabela the Clever Retold by Margaret Read MacDonald
  67. Henry and Mudge and the Funny Lunch by Cynthia Rylant
  68. Where's My Teddy? By Jez Alborough

I am really excited to see that we have already read (at least) 84 books to our kids this summer...and this does not include the Bible stories that we read to our kids from the children's Bibles!  We will definitely meet and exceed our goal of 100 books!

Do you read with your kids during the summer?  Do your kids read on their own?  Do you do a little of both?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Grab Your Free Slice of Pizza!

Who wouldn't want a free slice of pizza?  Well, FRESCHETTA® will be giving away thousands of slices of their "By The Slice" pizza in a special live online event.  Although I have not tried one of their pizzas by the slice, I did see it in the frozen section of grocery store last weekend and I would enjoy trying it for free!  The FRESCHETTA® By The Slice pizza will be given away in 5,000 increments every half hour. There will also be fun, interactive contests where you can win additional coupons. 

How can you get in on this deal?  Read on for the details!

Date: August 4th, 2011

What: FREE FRESCHETTA® By The Slice pizza event (while supplies last) 

Where: From the comfort of your own home

Details: visit to see if you are able to snag a slice!  

Remember, this event will be going on all day on August 4th - check back every half hour for a chance to win! Good Luck!