Reworking Reading

Reading for us is in constant flux.  Something seems to work for awhile then we hit a wall.  Either one or both of us gets burned out.  Sometimes Mini Riceball just looses interest.  I was trying to use the Calvert 1st grade anthology books, as a confidence builder.  Though maybe the strategy of reading a story multiple times to build fluency wasn’t the best idea.  Doesn’t matter now though because we are changing things up.  I’ll probably still do the rest of the stories as read alouds, just so we can read them and discuss them again.  But I think I’ll have her read one more story from the last book and then she can be done with reading them.  Yesterday she read a Frog and Toad book, and did rather well with it.  The last story in that series is a Frog and Toad book, based on where we were we were no where close to that story.  I looked up some of the story reading levels before and they seemed a little all over the map, rather than a gradual progression.

So now our new strategy is just to have Mini Riceball read 2 – 3 books a day.  She’ll be able to pick out any books she wants to read from her shelf or the library.  I’m also going to have all of the books she reads count toward her summer reading program we have going.  I don’t like the library’s summer reading program, she doesn’t like pizza hut, so I figured we’ll do our own.  We will also participate in the Homeschool Buyers co-op summer reading program, but the reading log we’ve been keeping will just help me fill that one in.


2 thoughts on “Reworking Reading

  1. Magaly Guerrero

    The Little Princess loves to read all kinds of stuff, but she tends to resist a bit if we suggests a book. Sometimes, we just “plant” the books near her bed or in her bookshelf (with something like a pink feather sticking out of it) and she picks them out.

    Oh, we also do audio books. She likes to listen to them while she plays. Every now and then, she freezes in a game and just listen to book being read. Lately, she has been hooked on The Magic School Bus.

    1. riceballmommy Post author

      That’s really cool. I love hearing about other kids reading books, and I can’t wait until we get to that point. I might try audio books, she does like having something on while she is playing, so that could work out well 🙂


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