Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Special Reading Time

It was Gloria's 'special day' yesterday, so she got to stay up an hour late. At the same time, Danya gets 30 minutes to stay up reading on nights when we are at home by bedtime. In an unusual twist, last night Gloria asked if Danya could read to her for part of her special time.

Danya is at a strange stage in her reading. She can read lots of words, but still struggles on difficult words. That makes it tough during silent reading, because she isn't supposed to get out of bed to come ask us for help with words. The other night she tried reading a book about the medical profession, but they had words like "paramedic" in it, which she should be able to sound out. However, she gets intimidated when she sees longer words and we have to remind her to break it into smaller parts.

Speaking of reading, I just finished reading to the girls our latest book "Ramona's World" by Beverly Cleary. They liked it so much that I'm considering getting the other books about Ramona. I think reading books that are advanced for the girls gets them excited to learn to read better and faster so that they can read those kinds of books. So far it seems to be working.

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