Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Project 365: April 24

Thirsty for words, always. Got to have them anywhere, any form, all the time.

This girl started reading when she was just 4 and has not slowed down yet. She's been known to read under the covers with flashlight, read books in school when she's supposed to be listening(!), and read in between homework assignments. You know how it is - you have to read a passage for your assignment, but then you just have to keep going. Cruelty is when the teacher won't allow you to continue on.

We had a big belly laugh recently when her teacher wrote on her report card that "Caroline procrastinated on her AR reading this quarter." What a hoot! AR reading is when the kids have to read a book that's on their reading level and on an approved list and then take a comprehension test on that book. The requirement itself isn't a bad one. For some kids those are they only books they read outside of school during the nine weeks. The problem for Caroline is that there are very few books at her level that she hadn't already read. She really had to scrounge to find books that she hadn't already been tested on and ended up using several of the books from The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket - which I'm pretty sure she had not read recently. It's hard for me to be sure, since she reads and re-reads so frequently.

One of the pluses of having kids who enjoy reading is that we haven't felt the need to cave and buy one of those DVD players for the van. Having big sisters who love to read has taught Will to know he should pack books every time we go somewhere. It's second nature for these guys.

What books are you bringing?


Blogger Barb said...

I read with a flashlight under the covers when I was a kid, too, and reading has been a passion for as long as I can remember. My girls are the same and it would never have occurred to them to take anything other than a book or ten on road trips.

Kids who love to read are sooo much better off than those who don't.

4:27 PM  

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