Monday, September 30, 2013

D-R-A-M-A--Sound it Out

The kiddo's First Grade teacher is working hard to get the kiddos to read. The kiddo has to read two books every day--age-appropriate and with some assistance, of course. She brings home two different books a day and has a checklist of different places she can read the books. This is to keep the kids interested in reading; the checklist includes items like "In my favorite chair" and "While wearing a hat" and "Under a tree".

However, sometimes the kiddo just doesn't feel like reading, but I have her do one of her books as soon as she has her after-school snack. Then she usually works on the other one before bed (when hubby can help her). The other day, she got frustrated and didn't want to finish her book. Or even start it. She kept making a joke about the picture on the cover and giving up way too easily. I insisted and made her continue, finally bribing her with the promise of letting her call the neighbor boy to play when she was done.

After what seemed like an eternity, the kiddo finished her book and called her friend's number. The boy's mom answered the phone and was put on speaker phone so I could hear the whole thing. It turns out that the kiddo's friend was not allowed to go out and play, because he was in the middle of a temper tantrum. The reason? He didn't want to work on his reading.

I am happy to report that today's reading assignment was completed (relatively) drama-free. Whew!

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