With the onset of back to school, it feels like the pressure is now on to ensure we fulfill our parental responsbilities. Particularly I’m thinking about things like getting the kids to do their homework, checking their spellings and making sure they do their allocated amount of reading.
To be honest, reading isn’t a problem in our house. They’ve both really loved books since a young age, and Miss E, who’s just moved into Year 6 is never without a book in her hand. We bought her a Kindle for Christmas last year and, whilst she does download a few, she still loves the feel of a real book. We spend weekends scouring the book shops to ensure she has a few new reads lined up, and she gets quite panicked if she doesn’t have something new waiting in the wings.
Miss R, who is 7 and in Year 3 is following in her big sister’s footsteps and has really developed where her reading is concerned. She was a very early reader, and was whizzing through Biff and Chip before she even went to school. But then she seemed to lack a bit of confidence in moving over to chapter books, and has stumbled for 6 months. This summer, particularly when we found out that her friend was reading Harry Potter, she seemed to gain some enthusiasm for bigger books and is really enjoying a more complex read.
So what are we reading at the moment?
Roald Dahl: The BFT, Matilda and The Twits – Miss R loves his books, and with the current school topic focusing on the man himself we’re loving having to experience these wonderful books again.
Hunger Games Trilogy: Miss E is re-reading these having just watched the first film. She’s an advanced reader but loves to read all kinds of fiction from modern novels like this through to classics like Peter Pan and Watership Down. I noticed that The Works has a fantastic set of Hunger Games, plus the Divergent Trilogy for an amazing price and I do wish I’d snapped it up! Buying books at the full price can be such an expense, particularly with kids that read as much as ours do.
Chris Evans Autobiography: I’ve just finished this one and, in fact, couldn’t put it down. I’ve always loved him, and after a friend recently took part in his Children in Need charity event, I’ve fallen in love with him all over again. Fabulous book, well worth the read.
What are you reading this week?