Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June25_Kindle

We don’t have to worry about reading summer slump for our 6 year old reader. This is one thing that Anna always does in her free time – summer or not. One challenge, however, is finding books that would be good for her as grade level lists are not helpful for advanced readers. Luckily, there are many great suggestions on the web including superb lists from my friend Erica who leads June25_Kindle2The Children’s Bookshelf at What Do We Do All Day. I haven’t really had a chance to use them yet though as daughter has discovered Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. Both my husband and I really enjoyed these books, but it’s kind of strange to know that now our future second grader is devouring them on her own and really enjoying them.

Sadly, Anna is so busy reading on her own that she doesn’t want me to read to her any longer. We do math or puzzles before bed instead. I am hoping that we will go back to joint reading once she is done with these long books. I know that she still needs joint reading, because she doesn’t slow down to sound out unfamiliar words and just uses random combination of sounds for the names of certain characters as some sort of a “shorthand”. When we read together, I often ask her to read words that might be unfamiliar to her and focus on sounding them out.

8 comments:

Pathfinder Mom said...

There are a couple of tools that are helpful with finding other books that she may like - the Scholastic Book Wizard - http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/ - input a book and get others like it, or the Lexile Book Finder - https://www.lexile.com/fab/

Both tools offer different ways to search. If you have her reading level measure from school, you can use that as well.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Ooooh - Pathfinder Mom's link looks very useful. Anna is such an amazing reader!

Ticia said...

Get her some Lloyd Alexander books. A few of the Prydain books might be too scary, but one of his other series would be really good for her.

Erica MomandKiddo said...

My older son has been less interested in read alouds, too. I solved this by sitting down and starting to read aloud anyway. He can never resist and always comes over to listen!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Emma is a lot like Anna this way. She has taken over our kindle, as well!

Phyllis said...

I am surprised that she understands all the things going on in the Percy Jackson books.

Debbie said...

I am so glad that Selena has not wanted to lose the reading together time, but she does enjoy her time reading independently more.

The girl who painted trees said...

Bear also prefers to read to herself. Apparently, I "read too slowly." My problem with Bear is finding books with appropriate topics. She chose one this summer at Barnes and Noble (from the free books they give for their reading program) and it talked about divorce and alluded to some other things that I wasn't ready to talk about. (None of our friends are divorced, so it isn't something we have needed to discuss). It was my own fault for not pre-reading it, and I didn't let her finish it.