I followed this up with a chat and a snack about how I picture the things I'm reading by using my imagination. She told me "I'm not a fan of books with no pictures." I get that. In more ways than one. Tuck has been reading independently for a while. Mags, not to be outdone, has been working hard to learn sight words. She is picking up fast and can spot some words, but I know from experience that soon it will just click. Then she'll be reading books without pictures and loving it. During our chat she asked me "I don't see you reading this book. Do you like it?"
She brought up a good point. She doesn't see me read. If I have nothing else to do and I am soooooo bored (wait, I was dreaming for a second). If I am too brain dead by the end of the day to formulate a complete sentence, I usually will pick up a book. My husband jokes with me that I "devour" the books I read. I don't waste time. I only have bedtime to read...or so I thought.
Our little chat made me think (dangerous, I know). I should read in front of her. More importantly, she should see me read. It's another way for us to spend time. Time where we are together, but enjoying our own things. I wondered if she would buy into the whole "read with me" thing. I tried this little experiment not too long ago and it went like this:
Mags: "How do you do that?"
Mags: "Read so quietly?"
Me: "I read in my head. It takes some practice. Why don't you try it?"
Mags: (whispering about the pictures she is looking at) "I can't do it!"
Me: "It just takes some practice. I like how you are whispering. That's a perfect start."
Mags: (continuing to whisper) "Arrrrr! The words won't stay in my brain. They keep falling out of my mouth!"
We ended up snuggling and reading "Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree" together. But, overall, it worked. I got five pages further in the book than I was before. Then she asked me to read my book aloud to her. I told her it was a book for adults and she could read it when she got older if she wanted. However, at this rate of reading, I'll probably just be finishing it up when she is 18.
Then we can have our own little book club!