As a little girl, I had one favourite book. Bless my parents for reading the Pokey Little Puppy to me a million times! It must have been a bit trying at times but they knew it was motivating me to read and they valued whatever it took to get me reading. As it happened, first reports were I learned to read upside down - never finding a spot side-by side of my parents - butted out by the other children. Once I proved I could do it that way, I learned to read right-side-up. Holiday time is a great time of year to pull out old favourites. Read them over and over....it will help your children be fabulous readers.
I am passionate about teaching students to read and ensuring success. So, it is not surprising to me that my own children are three good readers. But only one is a PASSIONATE reader - she eats books. She loves stories and wants to discuss details about her books. She will read and reread and reread for pleasure. Her eyes twinkle when she talks about her books and she plots out on the calendar the next new release date. My veracious reader celebrates rainy days. Not days of sprinkles but days of cats and dogs. The same kind of day where it is hard to get things done because of the weather. They are the days when many don't want to go out. To Kate, nothing could be better than curling up and reading a book on a rainy day. Does any type of weather make you want to read more? What kind of days increase your reading
Have you ever thought of how many different ways we read? Today, I started to count..... I read a traffic light, the slow sign as they were doing construction by the school, important school reminders, students' work, important symbols on a chemical bottle, a recipe, my students' writing, the newspaper, emails, notes from parents, hours at a store, a storybook to Emma, websites, twitter feeds, Facebook, text messages, phone numbers, rules for a game and a great novel.......
In our class we have a sense of urgency and responsibility for learning. The more we work at it, the more we improve. So, we work and work and work. Our readers are increasing in confidence, success and interest. Reading is a large part of our day as we prepare to READ THE WORLD!
What ways did you read today?
Our venture into reading with a partner this week all started with sock puppets. We are so thankful that Ms. Slade has a busy household and many feet with many socks. She explained the mystery of the washing machine and how what goes in doesn't always come out. This means luck for us as the many missing socks found a home as a sock puppet who would teach us all the important things about a partner read. We stay in one place, four eyes are on one book, we take turns reading (either pictures/words/or retelling using pictures and words) and we know this is a very important activity. PRACTICE creates readers, SHARING creates enjoyment and a love of books. So here is something for you to think about, who do you like to share books with? What kind of books do you share?