Ever since my last parent-teacher conference with Ms. L a few weeks ago, I've been on a mission to have Alise reading before she started kindegarten this fall. I'm like that. I get on a tangent and run with it.
So I bought Alise some story books and some A-mazing first reader books and dressed them up in pretty polka dot paper for her birthday. Imagine my surprise when in the middle of opening all her presents from her friends, she said, "Mommie, I want to open your presents!" My heart melted. But as I was reaching for the books wrapped in pretty paper, I quietly said to the moms that were standing nearby to hear her request, "Mommie likes to buy educational toys."
After the party, we spent nearly two hours going through all the gifts that Alise received...tearing into packages and playing the "who-gave-you-that?" game. We finally got back around to the books and I showed her the little books in the box. The first book was based on words that she already knew so we began reading. Just like that! And in five minutes, Alise had read her first book and I had tears in my eyes. My baby was reading!The Bob Books are A-mazing and perfect for pre-schoolers that are just learning to read. It encourages them so much because the books are no more than about 5-7 pages with four words at most on a page and as you would assume, the words rhyme. It makes them feel a sense of accomplishment for finishing a book that they've read all by themselves. And from the picture above, you can see that there are progressing levels.
Alise took her first book to school yesterday and Ms. L let her read it to the class. I was SO proud of her. We started our second book last night and she is just loving it. As a reader myself, I really want to encourage her to read and enjoy it because I think it makes the whole learning process so much easier. We've always enjoyed visiting our local library. I use to take her to story time before she even started walking. We know the children's librarian by name and attend "pajama jam" when we can but I'm hoping to spend even more time there this summer.
Does anybody remember the "RIF" commercials? Does anyone remember what it stands for?
Reading. Is. Fun.