Before Q arrived, I had been really enjoying the one-on-one time I had to spend with O. We had done some lovely Mother and Son activities like baking yummy cakes and visiting the library.
O and I had made visiting the Library a regular occurrence, visiting once a week or more to borrow books. Although we haven’t been since Q was born, this is something I hope to get back into a rhythm with. Maybe dropping into the library after football club on a Saturday morning will work to try and encourage his love of reading to continue.
Like most children in Reception classes around the country, O is learning to read using the Phonics system. There’s lots of actions to go alongside the phonic sounds, paired letters that make other sounds – put it this way; the English language is a bit of a nightmare to teach and learn! Luckily, O has picked up the phonics system really well and has progressed from being unable to read anything other than his name before starting school, to being able to read books at Stage 3 of the tiered reading framework at school. Both his Daddy and I are so proud of him!
He constantly tries to read words on signs, shop windows, magazines and the television or laptop. There is no way to keep a secret from him any longer! His phonics skills are also helping him with his writing and spelling too. He figured how to spell Q’s name within a few seconds and does so with many other non-tricky words.
As he doesn’t read his school book every single day at school, it doesn’t get changed very regularly. We make sure we read it with him every evening, but he gets bored of reading the same book once he finds the words easy to read. So, we’ll be back to the library soon to borrow some more books for his stage of reading to encourage him to continue reading each night. We still read him a story each night too and, despite having a bookcase bursting with great reads, we pick up a few different books from the library for us too.
Do you take your kids to the library?