Now that Lamb is in school we have the task of making sure he’s finding the time to read for at least 10 minutes a day, as well as any other homework or tasks they send home.
Living in a busy house means we can’t always find the time or space to really concentrate. This is why creating a dedicated reading space in his bedroom is something we’re thinking of doing.
For Lamb’s 3rd birthday we bought him a mid sleeper cabin bed as he would soon be donating his cotbed to his new brother (due 2 months after his birthday) and sharing his bedroom. This has given us some great space underneath where we can thrown some cushions on the floor and hide away to do some reading.
To make it even more snuggly you could get yourself a mid sleeper bed with tent to create a little reading den.
Growing up I was a huge fan of visiting the library. It was pretty much a day out for me and my brothers. My mum loved reading with us and apparently I could read (not brilliantly) before I started Reception.
I’ll be honest and say I’m not finding teaching Lamb to read that easy. This whole phonics malarky is new to me and obviously wasn’t how I was to taught to read. But last night I saw a huge improvement in Lambs reading. He was able to read his book from school the whole way through!
Now, I know in the early days reading is down to memorising the story. But if that’s the case we’re on the right path to learning to read. Hearing him say the words, albeit very quietly, has given me the confidence I can help with his learning.
I’ve always encouraged reading with Lamb. Ok, so I’ll put my hands up and admit we don’t read to the boys every night. It’s not part of our bedtime routine. But I’m hoping as Bear gets older and the boys have the same bedtime, I can read to them together in our little reading space under the cabin bed.
At the moment Bear goes to bed at 6:30pm. He isn’t interested in listening to me read a story at the moment so we read in the day. Lamb is sleeping with mummy and daddy at the moment because he wakes his brother up if they sleep in the same room! Not ideal, but at least everyone is sleeping… just.
The boys have a lovely bookcase in their room filled with books. They also have tons on the Kallax unit in the dining room/play room, so they are always surrounded by books. I always make sure I buy them new books from time to time. Especially for birthdays or Christmas.
Although it’s not part of our strict routine, it’s important that Lamb gets quality time to read with with myself or his dad. Creating a dedicated reading space in his bedroom could be the next step to helping him learn and enjoy this next step in his education.
Do you have a dedicated reading space in your house? Of course a lot of the time we snuggle on the sofa, but only when his brother isn’t around!
What age did your children learn to read?
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