Some ‘Fish Kudos.
It’s been a little bit of a struggle to get the ‘Fish to read. He loves listening to stories, either by someone or on his iPod, and he loves movies, but reading? It’s been frustrating for him.
His other subjects come pretty darn easily for him. Sports do, too. So when reading and writing came along, he realized he had to practice those things much more than he has had to practice anything else. It’s made him feel a little inadequate, because it’s a new feeling for him.
It’s been a pretty great learning thing, to struggle through something and then have a big huge lightbulb go off recently.
He comes home from school everyday and reads for 15 minutes (all of his classmates do; it’s their daily homework).
And recently, his teacher has been firing off emails like crazy to let us know that he’s jetting up the reading levels ladder, and his confidence is growing a lot.
He picks some weird spots to do his reading, but whatever works.
This one picks some weird spots to do his snacking, but again, whatever works.
So kudos to the ‘Fish. I was the geeky girl with her nose in her books growing up, and not that I’d wish that on him (the geeky, nerdy part), but I will give him a big welcome to the reading club.
So… welcome, baby. Proud of you.
Anne Lambert Zike
I was the geeky girl with my nose in a book all of the time too. My oldest daugther is the same way, but she seems much less geeky than I did :-)
What have you found that you little man likes to read? Mr Nate has just reached that point of taking off with his reading too and I want to help him find great books to read. Suggestions?
He’s really enjoying reading Jack & Annie chapter books; have you read them (also called The Magic Treehouse series, I think)? They’re super cool – based in history and real life events, so it’s a fun way to introduce him to those stories through fictional characters. I’ve also found them on CD at our library and put them on his iPod to listen to after he reads them. I’m reading Harry Potter to him, but we’re really going slowly since we just started book 4 and this is when the stories start getting pretty dark. And, he brought home a couple of books from the school library in the “39 Clues” series that he seems to enjoy. I haven’t read any of those with him, but he seems to like looking through them.