By the Book
I have been waiting for this day for what seems like a lifetime; the day that I introduce my daughter to Ella, Henrietta (“Henny, for short.”), Sarah, Charlotte, and Gertie. Today was that day.
Poppyseed is what some might call a reluctant reader. She has struggled from the very start. And though she has made tremendous improvement, thanks to highly-anticipated daily visits to the Reading Clinic at school, she is still lagging behind.
We did everything by the book, you should pardon the expression. Our kids have been surrounded by the written word since they emerged. Because Mommy has to read before going to sleep at night, there was reading material in the hospital bag. We read everything and anything to our kids. With inflection, drama, and sound effects. And they saw both parents reading books, magazines, newspapers, ancient tomes, etc.
And term after term sees remarks from the teacher to encourage Poppyseed to read daily.
What Poppyseed wants is for us to read to her rather than read independently. We’ve upped the reading to the point that there are times we end up skipping her daily assignment because we are enjoying the together-time.
Two chapters into the book and it is apparent that she is falling in love with the five little girls. Which thrills me to no end.
As for reading on her own, we tried a new approach tonight; paying her to read to Peach. One dime per book. Gets her reading and Peach loves the attention.
A perfect solution for the girl who is constantly reminding us of the following:
Studies show that the best way for kids to be lifelong readers is to have caring adults read to them.
Or caring older siblings.