Keep ReadingPosted: April 1, 2010
I love the videos I see from time to time of flash mobs. While this one is very rehearsed, it does have a great message. Keep on Reading. I’ve read some really good books over the past few weeks in between more relief teaching and applying for teaching jobs here there and everywhere. Highlights have been The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson, The Slap by Christos Tsiolakis and Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult. I had stopped reading Jodi Picoult books for some reason and as I read this last one I wondered why. I’ve reserved a copy of her new book House Rules at the library – can’t afford to buy books at book shops these days!
In the midst of this, Eric is beavering along reading everything in sight including The Rangers Apprentice books, Emily Rodda. Pokemon (cringe) and an old book about Vikings that I found at a fete. We’ve also reserved the book How To Train Your Dragon after seeing the movie last week with Daniel’s best buddy Jed. Eric just learned to read at the end of his second year of pre-school (he repeated the year) and has been devouring books ever since. he came home form year 1 knowing all his sight words already and has just cruised through.
Not so with Daniel. We’re learning sight words and reading school reading books and it is hard work. We’ve learned two lists of 20 sight words so far and are supposed to have started List 3. Poor old Daniel hasn’t “embraced” the whole concept of homework. We hear things like, “What do you mean I have to read a book to you tonight? I read one to you last night!” We’ve bought “prizes” for learning each list successfully and the other night we spent a good hour or so finishing the second list of words so that he could take possession of a National Geographic bag of stretchy, sticky bugs. It was hard work! His teacher has sent me an enlarged version of the words so I had them printed out and cut up. We wrote them, jumped on them, hit them with the fly swatter, hid them around the house for Daniel to find and Eric even made him a PowerPoint of his words. It is taking a lot of energy which Daniel and I can both find lacking at the end of a long school day. So during this Easter break Daniel and I are going to work on the third list and we may even get really ambitious and start on the fourth.