Miracles do happen :-O

26 Feb

After E adopted the Peter and Jane books before Christmas she has refused to go near another book.  She is so frustrating!  She has been reading daily, from sign posts, cereal boxes, anything except a book!  If I offer to read her a book, she refuses, but will gradually sidle over if I’m reading to the younger two, and has been known to point out words she knows over my shoulder.  But reading actual books?  No.  She has tried, and I think that is what has put her off.  She knows no limits, so has picked up books, normal books, books she likes the look of, but she can’t read them, so gets frustrated at herself and her lack of instant reading ability, and the book gets thrown across the room, never to be attempted again.

She bought a book at the weekend from an NCT Nearly New Sale, which was a stupid Biff, Chip and Kipper-thingummy book.  We’ve avoided reading schemes completely after being totally put off by the ORT books at her brief school attendance! Anyway, I found it at the bottom of a bag today, and gave it to her.  She showed a brief interest, then threw it down to play something more exciting.

Later on I found her sitting on the stairs, looking very focussed staring at the first page.  I helped her with the first word, then she read a bit more, then got stuck and frustrated again.  There were some really long words, and the most she’s ever read before is ‘Peter and Jane like the dog’!!  I told her I had read somewhere (must find link) that it might help if I read the first page twice to her, then we read it together twice, then she had a go herself.  She tutted and said that she would be able to remember it if I did that, i.e. she would know it from memory, and wouldn’t need to actually read it.  Oo, just found link.

Instead we sat down together, and I had a go at listening to her reading, and helping her through the tricky bits.  High frequency words: in, the, to, a, were, was, it etc. are no problem 🙂  We had a chat about ‘ch’ and ‘ing’ sounds which was good practise, and she read 2 whole sentences, which is an immense achievement for her.

“Chip was building a flying machine in the garden. The others were trying to help him, but things weren’t going the way Chip planned.”

She didn’t seem too happy with herself until I explained that there were twice as many new words in those 2 sentences than in her P and J books!  That cheered her up a bit!

I’ve just gone to find the book, and have a proper look at it.  Its not a ORT book, but has the same characters in it. Its called ‘The Magic Key, The Flying Circus”.  Its actually got a storyline :-O

Just done a web search on them too, and there is a BBC website with supporting games, so will try and ‘strew’ that in E’s way too 🙂


Posted by on February 26, 2011 in Literacy, Uncategorized


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3 responses to “Miracles do happen :-O

  1. findingmyway

    February 26, 2011 at 10:19 pm


  2. katherine

    February 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Wow, go E! Sounds like she’s well on the way to getting there 🙂

    I found Harriet’s learning to read journey so frustrating and at times worried about whether she’d ever read fluently. I was SOOO excited when she did!! Oliver just did it and now less than 18 months later he’s devouring chapter books (providing they’re about football!). Timothy is still at the letters and sounds stage but I know that, when he’s ready, he’ll be reading too.

    Good luck with the strewing!

  3. Schools Out

    February 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    There’s a lot of breath-holding, and tongue-biting involved in this watching your child learn to read business 😉


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