SHE READS BOOKS

SHE READS BOOKS

SHE READS BOOKS is a new blog project I’m starting to document the books that my daughter has read. We have just taken on the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge, and I’ll use the blog to keep track of our progress (what better way to ensure accountability!), at the same time share our thoughts (mostly hers) on the books we read.

Why are we doing the challenge?

  • For the most obvious reason: reading is beneficial to kids. My daughter is barely 3 years old and she speaks in complete sentences. She learned more than 50 words before she turned 2. And I’m referring to the English language and an expat kid. I give most of the credit to reading.
  • For what is sometimes an overlooked reason: reading is beneficial to parents. Aside from promoting more bonding time with the kids, these reading sessions allow the parents to teach values and to exchange thoughts with the young ones. I learn a lot about my daughter between the pages of our bedtime books, when she shares random things while we flip through her book.
  • My daughter loves to read. She started to “stare” at her baby board books around 2 months old, when her eyes started to take notice and focus on what’s in front of her. I thought it’s a behavior that I have an influence in, since I’m a book lover and I have exposed her to books even before she was born. But with the second child, he just turned 1 and I have a challenge making him sit still through 2 pages of his picture book. I get it. Same parents, different kids. Now that I am fully convinced that my daughter is a bookworm, I’m honoring that by giving her more books to read.
  • Our family loves to hang out at the local library, or the bookstore. We love books and we love to read. Enough said.
  • I am hoping that through this reading program I am also teaching my child the concept of goal-setting and personal leadership. Hopefully making the learning fun and aligned to her favorite things.
  • I also aim to discover books that I’d like to recommend to young girls, like those about bad-ass princesses and female characters that break gender stereotypes.

Although we have been reading for quite some time, I officially kick off the project this April as a birthday gift to her.

Book recommendations are definitely welcome.

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25 thoughts on “SHE READS BOOKS

  1. I love your project!! As a teacher, I give you credit! We need more parents like you. Parents are the first teachers of their children in reading, writing, Math, and the like. What you are doing with her will definitely set her up for success when she begins preschool and as she moves up in the grades. That project will improve her comprehension and build her love for reading; we have so many students who hate reading and therefore lack understanding of concepts let alone issues that need their attention because they just hate to read. How will they get educated and make well informed decisions if they don’t read and think critically about what they are reading to discern facts from opinions? I salute you!

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  2. It’s an interesting one. My eldest daughter learned to read very early, similar to yours. She’s always been ahead at school and now at the age of nine she is two or three years ahead of her reading age. However, although she’s a great reader we’ve struggled to find books for her. She loved Harry potter but she rarely picks up a book for pleasure. Her younger sister however is another story. She wasn’t a particularly early reader; however when she got it, that was it, we couldn’t stop her. Now at seven she’s also way ahead and just finished reading Anne of Green Gables! In other words there’s no real way of knowing how they’ll turn out.
    Book recommendations ..do you have Julia Donaldson on your list?

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    1. ‘Love your sporty, book-loving mighty girls! That’s true though. No fixed formula for raising a certain kind of reader or kid for that matter. It’s like how I compare the learning style of the 2 kids here. One has the capacity to learn really fast, the other one the capacity to learn a lot. At least that’s how it is at the present. One can never tell how they turn out. 😀

      Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll find her books in our local library. Any particular favorite among her books?

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      1. I will try one for her. I tried to convince her to watch Gruffalo but she refuses because she thinks the monster is scary. And you know how hard it can get to reason out with toddlers. 😀 Thanks for the suggestions.

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  3. I love this project and I’m going to start one of my own. I read to my kids every night and my oldest reads to his little brother and I. I really enjoy the Joye Berry series about the virtues of being responsible, teaching about discipline and lying. My kids have the whole series and I refer to them often on my parenting journey. 😊

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      1. It’s a wonderful series that teaches about those morals. That I think really only can be learned through trial and error. And with books I believe that the message hits home even more. 😊

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  4. Having spent my career teaching little kids to read, I applaud your efforts and your daughter’s head start. My rule of thumb from classes I took was that kids need to be read to for 1000 hours BEFORE they are ready to learn to read. Some kids arrived not even knowing how a book works. Front to back, top to bottom, left to right. But best of all, from being read to they learn that they are important enough to spend time with and to associate books with your love. xo

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    1. Thanks for sharing that, Lorie. I didn’t know about the 1000 hours, and that sounds encouraging. If there’s only one thing I’d like to get out of this, it’s the last one you said –if she loves to read and associate reading with love and fun and family, that will be the best form of success.😊

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  5. It’s been really fun watching my 5 year old granddaughter become a reader. It’s a little miracle when the lights turn on and they start retelling stories and recognizing words. One of my favorite memories is when we were reading “Good Night Moon” and she put her little finger to her lips and whispered “hush” at exactly the right moment. 😃

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    1. Oh so precious! Those magical moments. Another thing I love is when she retells the story out loud, and I catch her remembering some details I told her once. It melts my heart to know she was really paying attention and was hanging on to every word I said.

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  6. Robert Munsch is so much fun for little kids. And poetry or rhyme: Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, Dennis Lee. Good luck with your project! Sounds like a lot of fun 🙂 Be well

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    1. Thanks! I once read about Shel Silverstein’s background, so we are definitely reading his books. 🙂 Dr Seuss was one of her first reads. I’ll check out more Robert Munsch and it’s the first time I heard about Dennis Lee and intrigued. Thanks for the recommendations! It’s been fun so far.

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  7. All this time, I just thought you were a talented writer. Now I find you are also a financial genius. I would tip my hat to you, but it8&721#;s raining in Portland, and my head would get soggy.

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