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Room to grow – Book Scheme

To say that we are a household of book-lovers is a little of an understatement my husband calls my bedroom the library and my girls rooms are not following that far behind.

Yet over the last year or so I have noticed that the girls were becoming more likely to pick up their smartphone than they were a book. Now I wish this was because they were using a kindle app but no they were mostly using social media to chat with their friends.

Now I can excuse my older two a little as they have to do a giant amount of reading for their forthcoming GCSE’s and A Levels but my little one she has no excuse.

So when I received an email from Room to grow – a book-share scheme I decided it was a perfect way to encourage her back into books.

Room to grow is a children’s bed and furniture website now you may ask what that has to do with books. Well the company was so shocked at the recent statistics regarding the level of literacy in this country that they decided they wanted to do something.

Did you know England is the only developed country producing school leavers who are worse at reading than their Grandparents? According to a recent study by the organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development adults aged 55 to 65 perform better than 16-24 year olds.
A survey by the National Literacy Trust recently revealed that fewer children read in their own time, one in five are embarrassed when caught reading a book and one in three said they only read when they had to.

How truly awful are the above statements. I hate that children are embrassed to be found reading a book. I have spent many hours lost between the pages of a good story.

I have also spend many hours curled up sharing stories with my four girls. Watching their faces and their eager anticipation and what happens next.

Thankfully the company Room to grow were shocked and that they decided to fund a parent book share scheme. The concept is super simple but super fantastic too.

1. A book is sent to you
2. You return the book using our prepaid envelopes
3. You continue to receive books over the course of 3 months (minimum)

I love this

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We have already received our first book and my daughter is off on the adventure you can only find between the pages of a book.

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I think as parents we have an obligation to introduce our children to the world of books. If not only for the sheer pleasure one can get from reading but for that fact that no matter how quick the worlds technology may grow you always need to be able to read be it on a screen or in a textbook.

The literacy rate should be rising not decreasing.

I’m just so thankful that Room to grow is making an step to encourage this and in the words of the companies director.

“If Room To Grow can help even a single child understand or maintain the joy of reading and create an unending affection of books, then that can only be a good thing.”

Anne Davis, Room To Grow Director

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Life is an experiment

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I found myself struck by the above quote today. It wasn’t new to me, it fact it’s one I’ve read many times before, yet for some reason today I read it with new eyes, a new understanding.

Maybe its the journey I’ve been on the few years, so many things have not gone as I had planned or even perceived. The twists and turns of my life have left me suffering badly from motion sickness. But unlike some crazy fairground ride my life hasn’t stopped in a few minutes it’s carried on and forward.

Don’t get me wrong it’s not all been bad,along with the darkest of moments there has been have been ones of pure light and unadulterated joy. Life has certainly been for living that’s for sure.

Like the quote states the more experiments you make the better, The decisions I’ve made in life haven’t always been the best but I’ve learned from mistakes, changed where things when wrong. Rectified and moved on and in doing so got better at it (I hope).

I have to smile at the youth of today they seem to expect everything to come easy to them. Life does move at much faster pace but something’s take time. A friend of mines son was so sure it wouldn’t take him long to learn how to drive. I mean hey he had watched his dad do it so many times. It looked easy enough and on his xbox he was one of the highest scorers in that driving game.

So when he stalled the car over three times on his first driving lesson he became disheartened and gave up. “driving was overrated ” it seems.

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I’m sure most of us would smile at this story but I asked myself the question “am I any different”.

I have started things I was sure I would achieve only to struggle and lose my way. I’ve given up on things rather than persevere. I’m not proud to admit this but it’s true.

Take blogging as an example so many times over my first year I nearly gave up. It seemed that nobody was reading and that everyone else was having dramatic success.

Then I looked at what I believe to be the core reason for any success. The reason for doing!

Why did I write? Why did I blog? I could carry on filling notebook after notebook with my words and not stress over people’s opinions or views.

The reason I write is that I wanted to share my words with others in hope that someone may take something away from them, may enjoy them, relate to them. So I’ve carried on and far from being one of the top blogs I’m slowly building a community of readers that I’m proud to be part of.

My friends son, he is still young but I’m sure there will come a time when wanting to drive will become more important to him than his pride. When he needs a car for his chosen career or transporting his family round. He will get back behind the wheel and restart his driving lessons.

Life is full of challenges and lessons that we need to learn. I’m learning to embrace them.

I was once told ” the only truly stupid question is the one you didn’t ask”. I love this philosophy of life.

I was glad of this reminder today. Life is an experiment but remember some experiments bring incredible results.

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