Reading. We’re big readers in our house. I read blogs, newspapers, books, magazines… anything really. I just love it. I always have. We’ve been reading to Squidge since she was born. It is the only routine we’ve ever had with her. Where some of our friends would bath their kids every night to get them to wind down from the day we would read.
Squidge has been going to nursery since she was 3 yrs old. It was an excellent nursery and they worked on sounds and numbers and all the things that nurseries do these days. When she started school she was where she should be. Not advanced but also not delayed. I mean it’s reception as long as they know how to use the loo I guess we’re all ok and things will come when they come. I was shocked that halfway through reception I realized she had forgotten her alphabet. We worked on that for a week and it all came back to her. I still don’t know how or why she forgot it. Maybe it was the excitement of all the things she was learning.
Our school doesn’t believe in daily homework, she’s in Yr 1 and I think they wait until the children are in KS2. They do encourage the kids to choose a book to bring home to read. When they finish the book they could chose another. If it took you a day or a month to finish the book it’s OK with them. When it came to her reading it was sometimes painful. Squidge would get distracted. She would be able to read a word on one page but the next page she would struggle with the.same.damn.word. I had to stop reading with her because it wound me up too much. Wal is much better at it so he became the reading parent. Slowly, slowly she improved until one day a few months ago it just clicked and it was the most glorious moment. She’s now reading everything and anything. Her favorite books are the Rainbow Magic books. If you’ve never heard of them thank your lucky stars. Before she started reading them herself these are the books she wanted us to read to her every night. It’s always the same. Evil Jack Frost has stolen something and the fairies (with their 2 human friends) have to get it back from the goblins. She.loves.them. Us? Not so much!
Last night she was (apparently) having a hard time falling asleep so she started to read a book I’d left on her bedside table. At almost 9 o’clock she was still up… reading. I didn’t know what to do. On the one hand I want to encourage her to read. On the other hand my girl needs her sleep or she’ll be Grumpy McGrumperson. I let her keep reading until 9 and then I went in there and put a stop to it. She protested a bit. Told me she wasn’t sleepy. I looked at her red rimmed eyes and told her to just close her eyes for a bit. If she was still awake in 30 minutes she could continue to read. She was out like a light before I left the room!
How do you walk the tightrope of encouraging them to read?