The geekdaughter went back to school yesterday. After a wonderful, relaxed break, marred only by the geekdaddy and I being ill over Christmas and not managing to feast quite as much as we might have otherwise, we’re settling back into the normal routine. It really doesn’t feel like she’s only just starting her second term ever of school, she has settled in so well, and it feels like she’s quite the old hand. In fact this morning she bounced into our bedroom saying “Wake up Mummy! It’s time to go to school and I’m really excited!”…
I am so pleased she’s enjoying school and learning at the moment. She’s been working so hard on her reading over the holiday, and has made really good progress. In fact we’ve reached the stage now where she wants to read “proper” stories, rather than the reading books she gets from school, which is a shame, as I bought a whole load of Oxford Reading Tree books just before Christmas for her to work through, and she’s just not interested now. She’s seeing words that she can read everywhere, and I can see her delight as she spots signs when we’re out and about and proudly tells me what they say.
It’s great that she is enthusiastic about reading. For the last week she hasn’t let us read her a bedtime story as we usually do – she has read to us instead. And in the course of the week she’s gone from reading simple books with a single sentence per page to having a jolly good crack at more complex stories with whole paragraphs on a page. I mentioned this to her teacher yesterday morning, and as a result she’s been given the next level of words to practice and been moved up to the next stage of reading books. She also came home with 5 new books yesterday, as opposed to just one like she was getting before Christmas.
I wanted to share this recording I did of her reading “The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse” at my Mum’s house at the weekend. Apologies for the background noise – the geekson seemed determined to join in as well!
It’s like watching her mind expand, day by day. Long may it continue!