Ane’s Personal Challenge

We had just finished up another Junie B. book, so I suggested to Ane that for her 15 minutes, she should read to me.

She balked. I insisted. She has so many of these “Step into Reading” books in the early levels, and has learned so many “snappy words” at school, that I felt she could easily read a Level 1 story to me.

Naturally, she picked a Level 2 instead. It was from her Disney Princess book of 6, A Pet for a Princess.

And… she did pretty well! She does have a tendency to look at me instead of the words, because she is hoping that I will just give her the word. But she has her phonics so well memorized from school that she’s almost doing the motions unconsciously, and she could read more words than I think she even realized.

I think we need to do more of this “reading out loud” thing. I don’t want to overload Ane and discourage her, but I definitely think that it is time for her to get used to reading on her own, and reading out loud. It’s a skill everyone needs to learn and cultivate.

When she was done, I told her how proud I was of her for trying and doing so well. A little praise can go a long way with this kid. And I could tell that even though she hadn’t really wanted to do this, she was pleased with herself, too.

We’ve come a long way, kiddo.

3 Responses to “Ane’s Personal Challenge”

  1. Ressis
    February 17th, 2010 07:58

    Good job, Ane! We’re proud of you. Keep up the good work!

  2. Aunt Lynda
    February 17th, 2010 08:38

    I need someone to read to me. Do you think she would? I love to hear beginning readers. And if you use lots of expression, they will too.

  3. Aunt Mary
    February 17th, 2010 09:43

    So glad to hear about her reading. So many things in school are easier when you are a good reader. Good work, Ane!