A new chapter in our reading journey
Just last week, we returned some books to the local library (mine and our 8yos). I love visiting the library with her. I always have. It literally opens up a whole world of imagination.
On this visit though, she said she was running out of books to read. She’s read all the Rainbow Magic books, all the Harry Potter books and various other series. So, we asked the nice man behind the desk what level would be suitable for a fluent nearly 9 year old to read. And we were shown the Teenage Junior (TJ) shelf while being told to leave the Teenage Advanced (TA) section for now. I could almost feel our daughter’s disappointment as she looked at the 4 shelves of the TJ section. Not many books there when you’re used to browsing through what seems like a whole world of imagination. Still, we can order books in from other branches and I’m sure they’ll have some sort of reading challenge to keep her going through the summer.
Magical memories as we enter a new phase
While she browsed, I sat on the little toddler seat next to the board books and had a little think to myself. The days of reading out loud to her, the same books over and over and over again came to me. The days of her sounding out her first school books, learning phonics and learning to blend the sounds. Magical memories.
We still have a bedtime story and I’ve recently got the reading bug again and started reading actual books again – partly for my own relaxation but partly to encourage her to continue. With all the distractions in our childrens’ lives, reading can easily be put on the back-burner. So at bedtime, because she now reads chapter books with few (if any) pictures or drawings, we only read a couple of pages. Her school has a 20 minutes a day reading challenge. She easily manages this because she reads at breakfast too but we incorporate into her bedtime routine, which I love and so does she. So after I’ve read 2 pages and kissed her goodnight (on her still oh-so-soft cheek) and showered her with a hundred kisses all over her beautiful face, I give her 20 minutes. She often uses this time to read to her teddies and role play. She clearly needs this little bit of time to process the day. Long may it continue.
Times to cherish
Then we often have the panic of her losing her unicorn bookmark among her duvet and the
handful mountain of teddies. It’s the one she cut out from a template in a magazine. There are 2 others but it has to be the unicorn one. Eventually, all is still and I often pop up to our room for something and can hear her little voice being narrator. It’s these times, after a busy day, that I cherish and I never want to end. But I know they will.
Until they end, I’ll continue to indulge us both in a quick read and then let her enter her own world with her teddies, the characters from the book and feed her imagination as she slowly drifts off to her dreams for the night, wherever they may take her.
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