One of my aims is to get the children excited about books. R used to spend hours hiding behind the sofa with a pile of books, that is, until she started school. She lost her love of books, would get upset at the sight of the school reading book, refuse to read it and end up in tears.
So this week I took them all to the library to get their own cards and to choose some books. It was quite an experience for me I can tell you. 4 small children and me. All started well, excitement at going somewhere new. Then the came the paperwork, then the slightly bored children, then the running around toddler and the “I’m busting for the loo, Mum”. So it was a very quick checkout with about 20 books, one screaming toddler, 2 children busting for a wee and one 7 (going on 17yr) old who didn’t want to get a baby book! But they all said they enjoyed it and want to go back.
We’ve done lots of reading this week, or rather I have to them but it’s a start. S got very excited when a parcel arrived for her and it was her preschool bookstart pack which contained Hairy Maclary (an absolute favourite of hers) and a book entitled Go To Bed. I particularly like this one as she is going through a phase of being a bit of a pickle at bedtime. I was also extremely proud of her this week as she read a whole book with no help from me.
This evening R and I were reading some Biff, Chip and Kipper when I set up a challenge for her. To read all 32 books and when she has completed she’ll get a little something. Telling her this just before bed might not have been my best decision as she was so excited she didn’t want to go to sleep. She wanted to read, so much so that when I tucked her in after she had fallen asleep she was surrounded by books. Hopefully this is the 1st step towards her rekindling her love of books.