My kids, ages 2 and 6, are big readers. My eldest is in kindergarten and learning to read -- this has been more difficult than I anticipated. But, to keep them both interested in reading, my husband and I read to them daily. Here's a look at what we read in January 2018.
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My eldest is in Kindergarten. If you're over the age of 28 and don't have little kids, kindergarten is no longer the realm of phonics and coloring. Oh, no. Today Kindergartners are expected to READ by Christmas. Yes, READ. By. Christmas. It's a lot of pressure for quite a few 5 and 6 year-olds and their parents (most of whom remember kindergarten very differently...).
A bit of a perfectionist, that's my eldest. Admittedly, she takes after me in this regard. But I did not need to be reading in Kindergarten -- I got to wait until first grade. So, Kindergarten has been a tad bit stressful for our family.
Back in October, we purchased an e-book. In October it was too advanced. This morning our eldest started reading it ALL BY HERSELF. (Ok, just the first 2 pages but it was by herself without help.) She's so stinking pleased with herself. We're playing it up big time too.
What is this magical book?
On the off chance that you are dealing with a kid who is learning to read, I felt I had to share. I, personally, have no idea how I learned to read. My knowledge of phonics is sub-par -- and that's being generous since I never had phonics. But, to turn my eldest into a confident reader, I'm willing to learn phonics and be painstakingly slow, processing through whatever the teacher and a wonderful reading teacher advise.
Speaking of that wonderful reading teacher, I'll be sharing a few of the ideas she gave me plus some we developed in future posts.
I know reading and learning to read may not be of interest to a wide range of people, but it is HUGE, I mean seriously, freaking HUGE in my world right now and I need the outlet. So, to everyone out here in internet-land, welcome to posts about a kid learning to read and the mom who is trying to help.
Kindergarten 2018 = 1st Grade 1980's
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My kids are ages 2 and 5. A toddler and a kindergartener. I can get them interested in some of the same things but not always. When I need a free moment or when the toddler wakes too darn early, a good video on the TV or iPad (or my iPhone) can really save my sanity.
Here's what my kids are looking at for September 2017:
Llama llama is a series that we've been enjoying for a number of years now. My husband knows that, if the Scholastic newsletter offers one, I'm likely to buy it. He doesn't let me go in the kids section of Barnes and Noble for the same reason.
Below are some of our favorites.
Little Critter by Mercer Meyer...another set of books that I pretty much buy whenever I see them. We were getting too many though, so I started borrowing them from the library.
My favorites are I Was So Mad and Just Go To Bed. My eldest is most fond of Just Me And My Dad.
That's it for this month. Hope you enjoy some of these kid recommended items that come with parental approval!
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