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Reading Magic

by Twitchy on November 17, 2012

Every Tuesday morning, I stay at my daughter’s school to help her class with reading. Two or three parent helpers place tiny chairs out into the hallway in pairs, sit down with a child at a time and listen to the wonder happen.


When I was young, I taught myself to read early because the impatience of waiting for my mum each night to read MORE OF THE STORY! got to be too much to bear. The stories were too amazing.

At the start of the year, almost none of them could read at all. This year we have witnessed nothing short of everyday magic. All at their own pace, (some absolutely flying)! They’ve seen the charts and sung the rhymes. Little eyes and little brains have trained themselves to pull together everything they’ve ever absorbed about their ABC’s, the letters and their sounds, to begin their literacy journey. But it’s not just literacy; it’s so much more.

Tonight, Miss 5.75 came out of bed with the surprise and delight of someone who’d made a great discovery: She could READ HER OWN BOOK!! Cue praise and cheers. She’d been going through her school reader books every day but only just realised she could apply this new super-power at home! Oh the joy of discovering one’s own independence and accomplishment of skill!

She is entering a whole new world of independence, information and delight. It really and truly is…MAGIC!

I’m participating in #Blogvember with Stella Orbit’s Blog. I’ll blog every day in November for a festival of awesome randomness. Also doing Fat Mum Slim’s PhotoADay November. Come again!


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Naomi November 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

It is such a magical thing. I never tire of it. Well done Ms 5.75!


Shelly November 18, 2012 at 7:28 am

I confess that I’ve never enjoyed doing reading with the kids at school (I help the teacher with marking etc. after school instead), I’m terribly impatient and have to bite my tongue to avoid ‘filling in the blanks’ for them. After reading this post, I can’t help but feel like I’ve missed out on something. I did marvel at the fact that my kids don’t need me to read things out to them anymore, and I can’t spell things to my husband when I don’t want little ears to hear. Little sponges they are, little sponges.


Twitchy November 18, 2012 at 10:50 am

I think the first year, when it comes together, and you can see the rapid progress, it’s exciting. Possibly less so after that. Literacy is such an important skill. For instance my mother teaches migrants English. Some have been illiterate all their lives, and are now learning to read, and write in a brand new language. Sheer awesome.

Marita November 17, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I love love love watching kids learn to read. Even though Heidi is in Grade 1 this year, I still volunteer to read with the Preps, as you say it is magic.


Twitchy November 18, 2012 at 10:44 am


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