Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship? (With Reading)

After reading this post at Afterthoughts, I was debating finding more of the Bob books for First Son (we have the first set), now that we're nearing the end of the first 100 reading lessons. But now I'm not so sure...Yesterday, as I ran around trying to get breakfast cleared and laundry back to some semblance of order after the washing machine fiasco last week, I stumbled over him (almost literally) studiously reading Frog and Toad Are Friends out loud to his sisters. I hadn't even had a chance to read it to him yet, though heard it twice on CD from the library.

At the end, he said to me, "You were right, Mom! If I do my reading lessons, reading is easy!"

I hope I can remember how elated I felt hearing that when I hit my first horrible homeschooling moment.

I want to create a first 100 book list for First Son, too. I think it'll be fun for him to look back on it when he's grown. I'm not going to write down Frog and Toad, though, until he's had a chance to read it to me.

By the way, the CD we had from the library was read by the author. He was wonderful, of course. The Frog and Toad stories are short and funny, just perfect for First Son (and the rest of us). These are the kinds of books I hope to use to fill our days, books that are worthwhile in themselves and just incidentally are early readers. Brandy's post was a great place to start and I'm very thankful!


  1. What a wonderful story! And how exciting now that you are on the reading adventure, too. I can't wait to read your 100 Books List! :)

  2. That's great! I think it's probably a good thing to skip over the Bob books, or at least not buy them - if he's that far along in his lessons, he may not be interested in them anyway. I know Amanda was excited with the first set, but she quickly lost interest in the later sets. We've been very fortunate though - my aunt, a former teacher, has given us dozens of easy readers that she used to use with her classes.
    We really like the Little Bear books as easy readers, too. And we've checked out a few of the books from the different sets of easy readers by Cynthia Rylant that aren't bad.


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