In Story Seekers reading news this month, C is continuing to do very well at school with his reading scheme books and is now enjoying reading picture books from home to H and R at bedtime. He read the whole of ‘Mine!‘ to his brothers last night and it’s a real joy to see his confidence grow as he realises this whole exciting new world of independent reading is opening up to him. We got the boys bedside lights last month (they’d previously been using their head torches!) and C takes a stack of books to bed with him every night and either reads out loud to himself or whispers the words quietly as he ‘reads in his head’ 🙂
H is keen to be in on the reading game and often pretends to sound out words using the decoding methods he’s seen C employ. Whenever we’re reading a book he knows really well, he’ll tell us he can read the words and then proceeds to repeat the next few sentences proudly 🙂 It’s lovely that he’s so keen to join in but, equally, we try and gently tell him that there’s plenty of time and he doesn’t need to rush. I guess this is one of those times where I have to accept that things will happen differently for each of the three boys (I’m not good at that, as I’m so keen to try and make everything ‘fair’ – M tries to gently point out that things can happen in a different way for each of them without anyone being disadvantaged but it’s taking me a while to get my head round it) and that H is more aware of learning to read than C was simply because he observes his older brother doing it all the time.
R is showing more interest in books this month and he seems to really enjoy being read to by both the boys and me (and M!). He gets quite a mix of reading input as in addition to the books we specifically read with him, he’s there more often than not when we read a chapter book at mealtimes and he sometimes snuggles in for a bit of his brothers’ story times as well, so he’s definitely a bookworm in the making.
Anyway, here are our favourite books from this month:
Me – ‘The Memory Tree‘ by Britta Teckentrup
C – ‘Hector and the Big Bad Knight‘ by Alex T. Smith
H – ‘Jim and the Beanstalk‘ by Raymond Briggs
R – ‘Baby Faces Peekaboo‘ – Dorling Kindersley