Happy to report the first week of school went very well -- even though it was very hot and there is no AC at Maddy's school. Yikes!
That made for a couple of toasty days!
But just like that -- we're back into the school days groove of pop quizzes, real quizzes, a math test coming up and nightly reading. Nightly reading is about my favorite time of the day! Yes, for real, I mean that! Since Maddy is just a 4th grader, she and I read together . . . out loud. And truthfully, I hope we're still doing that in 8th grade! Yes, I am one of those moms who is trying to enjoy my youngest at every single age and school year. So, anyhoo, back to reading.
Maddy -- Reading in 2008!
We (Maddy and I) have discovered that we get so much more out of books when we read aloud to each other. During the summer, we read Shiloh. It started off slowly, but as we read it out loud, it came to life. At school now, they are reading A Dog Named Kitty -- another one that started off a bit slowly. Truth be told, at first we both thought it was more of a "boy's" book. But we are enjoying it too and talking about what we think might happen next, why did the character act that way? I loved reading when I was young and hope that by reading aloud she develops that same love for reading and books. These days (gah -- I sound like an old hag now, don't I) kids just don't read enough and everything is electronic and fast-paced. I say, it's time to sit back and take turns reading out loud before lights out!