{The Ordinary Moments 2015} #2 – Reading

{The Ordinary Moments 2015} #2 – Reading

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I’ve realised probably as most families with young children do, and hopefully in this technological age, some older children too, we spend a LOT of time in a week reading. ย Stories throughout the day, most mornings start with Judah bringing me a story to read to him in our bed. Judah and Eden bring me several stories to read throughout the day… as I’m typing now early in his bedroom so he can play he says ‘read it Mummy’ passing me the ‘That’s not my Fairy’ book Eden received for Christmas.

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It brings back so many memories of reading these with Shayla as she would just tell me ‘bumpy’, ‘smooth’ etc as we turned each page. Judah likes me to read the stories to him and then he reads it back to me of his own version. He’s now reading ‘where’s that duck?’ to me but he’s confused as we’ve just ready the fairy book so he’s reciting ‘That’s not my duck…. it’s a cow’. I love the way they make up their own creative tales.

Shayla is excelling with her reading at school and compared to the rest of her class is 2 years ahead with reading and comprehension. She has been placed on the ‘gifted and talented’ register and we couldn’t be more proud of her. Although saying, that as parents her gifting doesn’t change how we view or love her, it’s just another part of who she is that we get to love, develop and nurture. Shayla loves reading time. James and I read with her often, myself usually more as I’m obviously the one at home whilst he’s working. In our new routine Shayla and Isis read in the play room the days that they are at ours when the babies bathe in the evening. Isis listens to Shayla read her books and then Shayla independently reads (she reads aloud using phonetics and blending when she’s stuck), I can hear her from the bathroom so can still help with a word even though I can’t necessarily see. Meanwhile Isis sits reading her books relaxing in the playroom. She’s currently working her way through ‘Black Beauty’.

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Isis is also on the ‘Gifted and Talented’ register. In fact I’ve NEVER wanted our blog to be about comparison or bragging, but we do celebrate the fact that both girls have been moved up into blended school years due to their advanced learning. Isis is currently learning alongside Year 5 pupils even though she’s in Year 4, and Shayla-Rae who only started Reception is September has been moved into a Year One class as being able to read and write so well separated her from her class. I guess that’s what happens when you have spent a lot of time in nursery (Shayla attended nursery most days of the week she was at her Mum’s house, as both her and her partner work at a nursery).

I know a lot of people like to teach their children to read at home. This was something we subconsciously shied away from as both James and I had to be taught separately (myself literally on my own desk in the corridor outside the classroom) because we were so advanced. When I was 6 I can remember reading novels such as ‘Briar Rose’ as opposed to Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. I loved to read, as did James, who would be sent to the ‘reading corner’ as punishment for being naughty back in his school days. It hardly encouraged good behaviour. He can remember acting up just so he could go sit in the corner and read. Silly teachers. Times seem to have changed though and most schools seem to promote and understand reading to be a joy and not a chore.

We did sit and do phonetics with Shayla-Rae sometimes at home. I remember making her flash cards with pictures on one side, words on the other. Also, buying various versions of a similar idea. She never really seemed interested. She is so easily distracted like her Daddy. However, she very quickly surprised us and surpassed all expectations when she started school and just took an instant love to learning to read. She went from not reading to sounding out and blending in 2 weeks. She was just SO ready to start school. Ready to just absorb EVERYTHING.

I guess the fact that we don’t have a TV license (we just watch dvd’s and more recently James and I joined Netflix, I know, we’re so behind) we end up with babies pushing books in our faces a lot. I’m not saying I deprive them of TV time. I tried to avoid it until Judah turned 2 as studies say it can overstimulate their little minds. I don’t know the science I just try and avoid where possible things that potentially could harm them. I know these studies change constantly and next year they’ll probably be saying stick your newborn infront of CBeebies it’s good for them… who knows. Eden isn’t really interested in the TV yet at 13 months although she will occasionally fight Judah for the iPad. Babies love iPads don’t they? I think it’s because they can touch it and it responds. It’s amazing to think what technology will be available to our grandchildren. Anyway, I’m being side tracked.

This isn’t a post condemning television, (that is a choice we made as when James was a student we simply couldn’t afford it and 3 years later we’ve realised we don’t miss the constant glaring noise from the screen in the corner) this is just a record of what is our beautiful ordinary. If you come and spend time in our home, at some point a child will shove a book in your face and ask you to read it to them, or as soon as we wave you off at the door the older ones will retreat into a nook somewhere to read and James will pull out his kindle. ย I just love that we’re a family that LOVES books. James LOVES reading. He’s always reading on his kindle, especially when I’m blogging away. His birthday requests as a child/teenager were always for a book and chocolate. Easily pleased.

I am definitely the one who reads the least, quite simply because I don’t really get the time, and when I do, I choose other things. I do however LOVE reading all the blogs on the various link ups and blog hops that I join in with.

Thank you to Katie at Mummy Daddy Me for instilling The Ordinary Moments into our lives. It certainly makes me think each week about the little things we sometimes forget to take notice of and treasure. Hope you’re having fun in the beautiful Caribbean, the link up is being hosted by the lovely Donna at What the Redhead Said this week so head on over and check out the other posts linked up.
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21 thoughts on “{The Ordinary Moments 2015} #2 – Reading

  1. Aww, reading time is so special with kids. My little man learns to words by listening to me say them and then repeats them back to me for his favourite books. I love reading (his Daddy does’t) so I hope he takes after me. xx

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  2. Wow you should be so proud of the girls being on the special and gifted register, I love that you take it as part of who they are and not be pushy with it…that must be hard in itself!!
    So wonderful how books are such a big part of all the kids lives, I know I always get so happy whenever Arthur puts a book in my face!!!

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    1. Aww Arthur is a delight. Yes I really want them to know to work hard of course, but never to push things for them. They will naturally knock on so many doors with how talented they are, creatively too, I don’t ever want to make them feel performance driven does that make sense? Xx thanks for stopping by lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. We’re huge fans of reading here too, it’s a wonderful connection to have with your children isn’t it. opening up a world of imagination through story telling! Well done to your girls as well, I wouldn’t say you’re boasting, simply a proud parent ๐Ÿ™‚ Thats a good idea about the no tv licence – we should do this! We’ve been a little out of sorts over Christmas but will be getting back into more regular story times too. One of my resolutions is to read more for myself too but like you, time is short! Lovely blog x

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  4. I think being able to read confidently and develop a love of reading is such a gift- I really hope my two don’t find it too tricky when it comes to learning. I loved (and still love) reading as a child, I could devour 3 or 4 books a day on a weekend if we had nothing else on! At nearly 4 Freddie has started to become interested in what different words say, which is great, although I must admit I have no idea really how to start teaching phonics as it’s quite alien to me- must read up soon! #ordinarymoments

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  5. It sounds like reading time is very special over at your house; it’s such a part of our days too – especially the bedtime stories and I think it must be genetic – my nephew was here at the weekend and he carried around A Tiger came to Tea all afternoon asking everyone to read it – I think he got five different renditions before he had to go home!

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    1. Aww lovely, that is so sweet. Yes sounds exactly like our children, they just go around the adults, so Nanny, Grandad, Auntie, Uncle and the cat haha all have to read it. Judah has now realised that Isis can read to him, so she has to join in bless her. She’s a great big sister xx

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  6. Lovely post. I was a huge bookworm as a child and though I know you can’t force children to love reading, I’m very pleased that my son seems to find as much joy in books as I always did. He’s only two so it could all change when homework gets involved, but for now I’m loving every minute of having him sit on my lap to read. Perhaps not so much when he chucks a book at my head at six in the morning, but you can’t have everything!

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    1. Haha! Totally. Not had books thrown at my head yet, but definitey shoved in my face (by the 2 year old) xxx lovely how they’re just like a sponge at this age. I’m sure he’ll continue to enjoy if it’s in his DNA ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

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  7. We adore reading in our house too. And we love the ‘That’s not my…’ series. We have a few of them but Mads and LL’s favourite is ‘That’s not my baby’- they love the little mirror at the back where they can see themselves! x

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    1. Aww yes, my bestie bought that for Eden last Christmas (although I think I only collected the presents in September) she lives in London and some years we’re terrible with present swaps *oops*. Does Mads look at pics of younger her and think they’re LL?

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