It’s been amazing to watch their growth
Reading has become a favourite pastime for Rhiannon Swan and her girls, Willow, 6, London, 2, and Harriet, seven months. She says: “I’ve read to them all since they were babies. When they were very little it was more of a visual thing, looking at the pictures and colours and shapes.
Now Willow is at school part of her program is reading daily. She goes to the school library once a week, we get books delivered every month and I encourage books for presents.
We’ll read the little readers she brings home together, it’s fun for both her and London. I’ll read to them and then read with Willow on her own. I encourage her to read it first, and because she’s still slow at reading I’ll go back and read it to her so she can understand the whole story.
It’s been quite amazing to watch her growth. She’s gone from not reading very much at all to going into fourth term being able to read books with up to 20 words on a page. I think reading through childhood has helped because she associates words with books and understands it a bit more.
She adores reading. Now she’s starting to read on her own she’s enjoying recognising the words alongside the pictures. Her interest has certainly increased with her new level of understanding.g
London obviously isn’t ’t understanding so much of the content, but t she certainly enjoys the visuals. And I think that’s where it all begins. If theyy grasp the visuals then they comeme to understand the story in time.
But on the weekends we only read if they want to, , if they do it’s no trouble but ut I wait for them to come to me. I want them to maintain that interest onn their own.
I think reading is so important, event as an adult, because it helps with everything in life. But I certainly don’t want to be that pushy mum who forces her childrenldren to read.” London Swan, two, enjoys books.