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    The Spring Reading Trackers are Here!

    February 25, 2020 by Brandy Vencel

    It’s that time again! March is just around the calendar corner and we are armed and ready with brand new spring Mother Culture Habit Tracker and a whole collection of coordinating reading trackers for your students, plus blank habit trackers so you can track a lot more than your reading. Here’s a sampling:

    Get Your Mother Culture Habit Tracker Now!

    What are we tracking?

    Many of you know the drill, but it bears repeating. What exactly are we tracking with these Mother Culture Habit Trackers? Since we can’t track nebulous things like “personal growth” or “feeding the soul with ideas,” we choose instead to track habits that lead to these sorts of ends. We define Mother Culture here according to the original article in The Parents’ Review: 30 minutes per day of reading. Maintain a stack of books (at least one of each) in three categories: stiff, moderately easy, and novel. When it’s time to read, pick up the book you feel fit for.

    Here are the books I plan to enjoy this spring:

    Stiff Book:

    Modern Times by Paul Johnson

    I’ve actually been working on this one since August (which is how I know for sure I’ll be reading it this spring). This book is HUGE! 880 pages of teeny tiny font, to be exact. It’s a lot to read in more ways than one, which is why it’s taking me so long. But seriously? It’s so good. I never felt like I understood much of the history of the 1900s beyond World War II, so I’m remedying my education with this one.

    Moderately Easy Book:

    Gasp by Dr. Michael Gelb and Dr. Howard Hindin

    Did you know that learning disabilities can sometimes be a symptom of undiagnosed sleep apnea? Did you know that mouth breathing can cause orthodontic problems? I’m reading this to be better informed and I hope I’ll be able to make better decisions at the orthodontist’s office, too!


    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

    I read this in high school. I “liked it” — whatever that means. I look forward to reading this with more mature, better educated eyes. I think I’ll appreciate it more — its art, its purpose, all of it.

    Happy spring reading, friends! ♥

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  • Reply Shelley Brown March 20, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Hi, I have tried to download this at least 3 times over a few weeks. Although I get a message saying to check my email, I never get an email. Can you help? Thank you.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel March 21, 2020 at 7:30 am

      Shelley, I’ll have Hayley contact you to try and troubleshoot. Sorry about this!

    • Reply Shelley Brown April 30, 2020 at 7:58 pm

      I still cannot download this! And I was not contacted. Can it just be direct emailed to me? It’s really cute, and I’d hate to miss out on it!

      • Reply Hayley Beck May 2, 2020 at 1:33 am

        Shelley, I emailed you to see if we can get you squared away. I’m not sure if you received my email. If you didn’t, please go ahead and email me at as emails from Afterthoughts are being blocked to your inbox.

  • Reply Hayley Beck February 25, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    I love the look of your Spring habit trackers. Beautiful!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel February 25, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      Brooke did them! Didn’t she do a great job? ♥

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