Friday, March 21, 2008

Daddy's Little Girl

Anyone who really knows me well, knows that I love to read. I read a lot. One of the things I have always hoped for is that my children would be readers and that they would read some of the books I loved as a child. So, I was excited when Rhianna picked up reading entirely on her own. We weren't doing flashcard drills, or phonics courses. She just picked it up by herself. By the time she started Kindergarten she could already read. When she started school this year her reading, and her love of reading really took off. She has started devouring books about as fast as we can supply them. In fact, one of the challenges has been that she can read lots of words, but a lot of the children's literature that I loved is still a little advanced for her (Part of this is because, unlike Rhianna, I didn't really start reading books until 3rd grade, so by the time I realized I liked to read I was ready to handle a lot of the children's classics.) One way we have handled this is to read some books aloud with her. We have done that with the first two books in the Chronicles of Narnia and she has loved them. However, she wanted "chapter books" that she could read and understand on her own. By doing a little research we found a couple of series aimed at young readers that she has latched on to. She loves the Magic Tree House books and the Junie B. Jones books, she has also read some Cam Jansen and some Jigsaw Jones.

However, like I said above, she reads them so quickly that it has been tough to keep up with her. Sometimes we have found her reading the same book again because she didn't have any books left that she hadn't already read. In fact, one day I looked and she was so desperate for reading material that she had started reading "What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know" because she had found that it had stories in it. Anyway, this prompted us to get organized. You may also know that I love spreadsheets. I have for a number of years kept a spreadsheet of the books that I have read, along with a list of books I want to read. This makes buying used books and going to the library much easier. We decided that we should do this with Rhianna so that we could keep track of what books in her favorite series she hadn't already read. When I finished, we found that Rhianna has read 57 books this year, virtually all of them since school started. Pretty impressive for a girl in kindergarten. Now we just have to keep up with her appetite for books.

1 comment:

OUR FAMILY said...

wow! That would explain why she was so good at hangman she was always the first to awnser before the other kids. It's good you guys are reading to her they will always remember that. I have done that with JaCoby and he wont go to bed without stories. I remember my mother reading Secret Garden to me and my little sister even after we could read I loved it.