We don’t have to worry about reading summer slump for our 6 year old reader. This is one thing that Smarty 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 The 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, Smarty 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.