Towards the beginning of the school year, the first grade decided that they wanted the kids to read 100 books by the 100th day of school. At the time they started this program, Pinkleberry was not yet really reading. But she was so excited to read her 100 pages that within the first two or three days she would pick huge chapter books, novels, reference material, whatever off of our bookshelves, thumb through the pages and call it reading. Then she'd write the name of the book on the sheet of paper. She had the whole sheet filled it within just a couple of days.
I tried to explain to her that she actually had to read the books and tried to pick out readers that she might be able to get through but she'd just tell me she already read that one and grab another book to turn pages on. I could not find a meaningful way to explain to her that she was not actually reading. So after a week or two of that, I just gave up.
I've seen reminders about continuing to read the 100 books. And I've ignored them. She has finally gotten to the point where she can read and she doesn't particularly enjoy it. She's supposed to be reading 20 minutes every day, but I have never really enforced that with any of my kids. If they can read, I haven't been worried. And all but one of them has eventually become a book worm on their own anyway. And anyway, I have had plenty of other concerns with Pinkleberry that have taken precedence over that.
But now the deadline for the 100th day is only two weeks away and I've got a notification about the big party they are going to have and I think it would be pretty bad around here if Pinkleberry had to miss that party. I don't want her to miss it either. Maybe she hasn't read 100 books but she has definitely made huge strides in everything else this year. It's just that nobody made an arbitrary reward system for the things she conquered.
What to do? What to do? Is it possible for us to hunker down and read that many books in the next two weeks just for her to get the party? Or do I just explain this is the consequence of not really reading what we were supposed to? Can I make it up to her by throwing her our own little party?