Thursday, 21 October 2010
Oxford Read at Home series. - First books
Rye has been playing with the books, taking them out, mixing them all up; looking at the pictures - and this evening he asked if we could read a couple. So, I obliged. The purple section of the books are aimed at Rye's age. Its not really a story; but rather a simple sentence describing an action in the picture. Not the most scintaliting read for myself - but Rye seems to really like the books.
We looked at the pictures, guessed what the "story" might be about, and then went back and read the story. Rye impressed me by guessing many of the words correctly. Bless him, he looked so proud of himself and oh, how he loved looking for starfish on each page of one story; and a red robin in the other. Interestingly, he didn't seem to remember the names of the characters in the stories - but he was able to guess the last word in sentences like: "Dad was fishing". But if I pointed to "Dad" he didn't recognise it or even attempt to guess, he just said he didn't know. Still, for a first "reading", I was very impressed.
I will have to be careful not to get carried away with this and keep it casual and fun, rather than go into "teaching" mode. Besides, if tonight has demonstrated anything - it's that Rye is picking up "reading" quite nicely on his own without me turning into teacher mama. Reading all those stories.. and re-reading the same story for a week or so is obviously making an impression; along with the singing, looking at letters on street signs etc when out and about. I've always thought of reading as a skill that needs to be taught, so when I've read blogs where kiddies are teaching themselves - I've always wondered on earth that works... now I know.