petmoosie: (braids)
I have been reading (or re-reading).
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Before the Dawn by Nicholas Wade
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

It is amazing that I have been able to make time to read all this.
petmoosie: (braids)
Next week is the Scholastic Book Fair. As a run-up to it, the children at school have been reading 20 minutes a night. Well, Emily has more been reading 0 minutes or an hour for an average of 20 minutes.

She finished "The Dragon in the Driveway" by Kate Klimo. We are reading to her from the Deltora Quest books. They are pretty dark actually. Percy Jackson is not so scary compared to that.

I know that the Book Fair has a few paperback copies of "The Last Olympian". But it also has trade paperbacks of the same book.
petmoosie: (Emily)
Emily is doing more reading on her own, because she wants to and with interest in the actual book to be read. Self-motivation, in other words. :) From here, she can do all sorts of things. Follow a series through multiple books, read a non--fiction book because she wants to know more about that topic, share books with other children. And while you enjoy reading, so many other things happen...learning vocabulary, exploring settings, exploring common themes in fiction, and learning things about the craft of writing.

She read one whole book from the Rainbow Fairies, half of another, and some poems from "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein. In a way, she has already shared the Shel Silverstein book, because she asked me to give it to a friend of hers for his birthday.

I can not even begin to share how happy this makes me.
petmoosie: (Emily)
She read a book that she had never had read to her before. It was "Turtles in My Sandbox", a picture book.
petmoosie: (Default)
Emily's school had an open house today. Since the federal government has the day off, it's easy to schedule a day for parents to visit at the school. It's not that every parent works for the federal government, but they do set the agenda around here.

It was reading time for first grade. First the children had a warm-up with the words of the week. Then they had independent reading time. So they grabbed a parent (not necessarily their own) and read to them. I listened to four different children read (one of which was Emily). Then the children sat on the carpet for word work. They went over those five words and then words with 'it' in them. They also learned about homonyms, since pit has two meanings (and something else, but I can't remember). Then they each had an assignment to work on at their desk. Emily's was to read a narrative book and summarize the plot in three points. Emily tried "Wilber wins a prize", a separated chapter from Charlotte's web, but it was too hard for her. She then found "Little Louie, the Late Bloomer", which was hard (she kept reading bloomer as brother for the sense of the story), but doable. Then she wrote some of the information. Then her small group was called for a small lesson in "parts of a book (text features)", like the table of contents, chapter headings, and the index. Then she finished her page about Little Louie, the Late Bloomer, Then it was time to get ready for recess.

Those few parents who had hung out that long, went out to the playground with the first grade. After the recess, the parents headed home.

Edited to remove actual reading levels of other children for their privacy.
petmoosie: (Default)
Find books about the area that we are visiting that are close to Emily's reading level. Keep on reading to her and finding new books for her to be read. Have patience, and then more patience. That's the really hard part.

I've got a lot to do today with teaching. I'm trying to cover way too much for three hours.


Apr. 29th, 2009 12:55 pm
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Emily read us a level 2 Scholastic reader last night. It's wonderful.

Of course, she had some of the words memorized (like antibodies and antibiotic). But she had confidence and determination to get through it all.


Mar. 27th, 2009 10:23 am
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Emily is reading. She read the instructions from her vitamin bottle.

I should be happy. I'm going around in circles so much I'm making myself miserable. I need to settle down and just check some stuff off my todo list. It's not impossible to calm down and use my time productively.
petmoosie: (braids)
I did my lunch room stint. I went outside for the half-day pickup. I talked to a father picking up. This father is most likely Italian (I channel Rocky Balboa when I hear him speak) and his parents are/were living with his family. The grandfather of the family died a month ago, and the kindergarten boy is acting out. He's angry all the time these days. The father has a meeting next week about putting the child in ESL (English as a Second Language) for extra support at school. But it really sounds like the boy needs grief counseling (I don't know if the school can do that, but they certainly can find a referral). I hope that the father remembers my point that sometimes kids show grief as anger. I actually did not know that the school did ESL for kindergarteners. I thought it was pure immersion.

Then I took Emily and headed back into the school and unloaded and organized books for the book fair. Emily mostly watched a 4th grader play video games on his Nintendo DS. Emily found a bunch of words that she can read in the titles of various books. Her words are "and, we, you, a, I, see, can, the, go, like". Yeah, this one word at a time thing is growing old. After a while, I was more looking for work to do than doing work, so I gathered up Emily and left.
petmoosie: (Medieval)
I am planning to give up on King Lear and read either something historical (like Richard III) or something funny, like Midsummer's Night's Dream or The Tempest.

When I was a teen and finally read Hamlet and MacBeth and Romeo and Juliet,  I felt like I had suddenly been handed a translator. My parents always quoted from those plays and I hadn't known where they were quoting from.

PS. My New International Version of the Bible is a piece of junk. I tried to read this Sunday's reading at the dinner table. The reading from Matthew, I finally found in Luke, and the Bible was missing the book from the Old Testament reading. Bleh. My parents would often read the week's readings before dinner (or have us read them).


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