What We Are Reading
At the beach, we started a new chapter book, The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, that Daddy is reading to the whole family at bedtime.
It is a wonderful change to the rituals of our family. Bedtime reading had become frustrating for everyone because a tired Froggy was having trouble choosing acceptable books and no one was happy. Also I was not getting any time being read to because of the drawn out, frustrating nature of Froggy's bedtime. This change solved all those problems.
The Penderwicks are a fun group of sisters ranging in age from four to twelve. Froggy seems to really be enjoying the story as is evidenced by the amount it peppers her daytime conversation. I can tell which books Froggy is interested in by the "friends" who share her games during the day and what names I am given.
Another good thing about the new reading pattern is that Froggy is encouraged to tell me about the book without being quizzed. I am the one who gets quizzed by Daddy (because I am the one who falls asleep first)> only when I have answered the questions to Daddy's satisfaction (and let him find where to restart) does she get to tell me all the answers I was supposed to give thus showing she was listening and understanding.
With The Penderwicks we have also moved to a new medium. Daddy is reading from ebook and Froggy cannot read over his shoulder as we go. It is a great to be able to move to this medium since we can have lots more books available without all the weight.