Clara has always struggled with reading.
She dropped behind her classmates early on. It wasn’t surprising given her complete and total lack of interest in the entire “learn to read” plan . Given a list of words to practice such as “the”, “two” and “go” she would respond to flashcards of the same with answers like, “turtle”, “grapes” and “birthday cake”. And with that less than auspicious start, she was off on the road to reading.
Over the years she has, of course, greatly improved but in a house full of readers, she is a listener. Happy to listen to audio books for hours and beg for chapter after chapter of whatever our current nightly read is.
This has been troubling as a mother (not to mention as a reader and an author) but Clara has always been disinclined to acquiesce to anyone’s plan just because someone thinks she should. When I worry, I remember how much she likes books and stories and figure that eventually Clara will decide that reading is important to her but it’s not going to happen until she darn well feels like it.
Two nights ago I gave her yet another pile of books that I thought she might be interested in and now I have a new worry.
Will the girl ever get enough sleep again?
Clara has gone to bed hours past bedtime since she picked up Homer Price by Robert McCloskey. Of course as a life long “just one more chapter before bed, oops it’s 2am” sort of girl I’m not about to throw stones. But as her mother I am a bit concerned. Not only is she not sleeping but what book do I give her next?
Book suggestions welcome!
Henry Reed, Inc. by Keith Robertson. If I remember correctly, this book includes a pigeon. Let me know if I’m right or not.
A pigeon? We will check for sure!
The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald
I looked these up and as soon as I saw the cover I remembered these! Good ideas, thanks!
If she has a book she likes, she knows there are more and might be able to pick out her own. Remember there are classics for children. You can set an alarm for the amount of time the two of you have agreed on and let her know not a minute longer. I also remember…..”just one more page mom!”
Way to go, Clara. 😀