she’s a reader

May 27, 2010 |  Category:   life

Looks like we’ve got a new voracious reader in the family. And for a new reader, happiness is finding a whole bookshelf of new hand-me down books waiting for you at your grandparents’ house. Mia started reading earlier in the school year. It started out with single words. She’d call out signs when we’d drive or walk around the neighborhood. She started reading simple sentences soon after and now, as we near the end of her Kindergarten year, she’s reading whole books, even books “without pictures”. Now that she’s reading, I need to watch what I have open on my computer when she sits next to me or peers over my shoulder. Claudine can still nuzzle up with me and watch me while I’m working, something she often likes to do, but Mia is now too far advanced a reader to have any papers or documents casually laying around.

I can’t even tell you what joy it is to go find your child in her room sitting in her bed reading a book to herself when you’ve wondered why it was so quiet. We’re entering a whole new chapter here in our house.

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  • Luann May 27, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    We’ve got a couple of readers in our house too. It’s so great to see them enjoying books and a relief to know that reading won’t be a struggle for them. I really have to watch it when I’m messaging or emailing now – it’s about the only downside to the whole thing. It drive me crazy when my six year old reads over my shoulder and it drives her crazy when the four year old does it to her!

  • ti May 27, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    it is so nice to see them reading, isn’t it? – my children all love books, which makes it so satisfying to know that having read them a book every night has paid off!
    i just don’t understand what do you write that you don’t want her to see? 😐

  • Mery May 27, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    awesome! i’m a bit jealous (in a good way)… soon, soon, Tino will get it… that shall be my mantra for the summer.

  • Chuzai Living May 27, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    This post got me so excited about my older daughter starting kindergarten next year! You made a very interesting point. It’s so true. When kids start mimicking adults, we start watching the words we use in front of them. I didn’t realize that eventually, I have to watch what I browse on the computer just because of the words used on the site or what paper to lay around the house. Right now, if I find my kids, more or so my younger one, being quiet, it usually means and involves crayons or lipsticks being used on some places where she’s not supposed to draw. I can’t wait for that to change.

  • Lani May 27, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Yay! That’s my girl!

  • Christie May 27, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Great choice, Mia. Care Bears were one of my favorites, too.

  • bronwyn May 27, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    That is really exciting! I look forward to the day my little on reads too. Definitely a new chapter.

  • Caddy May 27, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Yey! A lifelong reader myself I’m so happy for Mia and her discovering the joys of entering other worlds through books!! You go girl!!!

  • nicole i May 28, 2010 at 2:36 am

    enjoy this new chapter.

  • Ari May 28, 2010 at 3:28 am

    My 4 year old can read words and signs. In the past month, he’s gotten especially good at it. I’m so proud of him. Kids who love to read are phenomenal! Kudos to Mia! :)

  • lindsey May 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    ahhhh! care bears….this brings back so many FUN memories. they grow up way too fast, right?


  • patricia May 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Awesome. I was heartbroken because both our kids hated reading when they started to learn. Hated.It. I didn’t know what to do. Now I catch them reading quietly in their room all the time. It’s like a light switch went off and I couldn’t be happier. Enjoy this new chapter!

  • scentualsoundtracks May 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I was all smiles when reading this post. I remember those days. Loved the Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary in my early elementary school days.

  • Annie From Seattle May 29, 2010 at 12:35 am

    This might be my favorite picture of Mia. What a great stage to capture in a picture! Can you remember the thrill of realizing you can read on your own? I can still remember my first summer of reading. Heavenly! Go Mia!

  • carolyn May 31, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Hi Jenna, Our life changed when Pema learned to read last year. No more nighttime battles. She just sits in bed reading and turns off her light when she’s tired. I’ve been pushing some of the old faves on her (Beverley Cleary etc) but she loves the princess, fairy, mermaid chapter books. Whatever. As long as she loves it!

  • Sara Jensen June 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    ah. i was having a terrible day and this post made me happier. right now, silence still means there might be trouble happening. i think that henry will be really happy once we can fully read books to himself. though its pretty awesome hearing him make up what he thinks that the pages say.