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To Be A Kid Again: Reading Edition

This past summer, I came up with a summer reading incentive for my son. You can read about it here and here. I considered it a success. He was happy to win the iTunes card and I was happy too. It was a win win situation.

My daughter who turned five last month is now being asked to read on her own. This is very exciting! Her teacher sent a reading log home with her and we are to read every night so she can practice her sight words.

We do story time as much as possible but I’ve never had her read to me, so last night, since we have to record minutes spent reading, I handed her a book that she has never read before and asked her to read to me.

Do you know what happened? She actually read a few sentences to me! Then she pulled out her sight words and I was amazed at how many words she could read on her own. We then proceeded to finish the book. She stumbled quite a bit but the recognition was there and I was almost speechless. Almost. She was excited too. I don’t think she realized how many words she had learned.

Do you remember the first few sentences you read on your own? Just seeing her excitement over reading took me back to when I was learning to read and I just remember how good it felt.

If I could capture that feeling and bottle it, I would.

If you’d like a reading log for your child, you can find some good ones here.

Reading Incentive: Results

As some of you may remember, I offered a summer reading incentive to my almost 10 year old son. He does not like to read.. hates it actually unless he can get his hand on the right kind of book. For example, he loves the Wimpy kid series. He reads lots of stuff for school, but never without complaining.

I reviewed the suggestions that I received from my original post and actually, kept some of them for myself. After reviewing several different library sites and asking friends, I do believe I have my list. Here it is:

Dog Friday, by Hilary McKay

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick (2008 Caldecott Medal)

Lunch Money, by Andrew Clements

I also debated about Summerland, by Michael Chabon but in the end, decided against. It’s over 500 pages long and I don’t want to scare the kid away. I may read that one myself and then pass it on to him if I think it is something he may like.

My son is an actor, illustrator, inventor, entrepreneur, etc so all of these books were chosen with those characteristics in mind. Dog Friday just seemed like a good childhood pick…so we’ll start with that one. You know…just to get the ball rolling. I am hoping he picks up other books in between what I have chosen for him, but only time will tell.

If only I could get my own list together!