Most Improved Reader

Normally, I tell stories about my little monster since I am home with her all day. I can see my oldest in the future upset that I didn’t talk about her much, so today it is all about my crazy monkey.

Every since my crazy monkey was little she loved books. From the day she started walking she has been bringing me books to read. We would sit on the floor, just the two of us, and read Elmo books for hours. It was tiring for me but she loved it and my life wasn’t as busy back then.

Moving forward a couple years to ages 3 and 4 we progressed to Dora books. Every night we would read a Dora book before bed. This definitely got old quick because Dora is just not as entertaining for adults as it is for kids. But we still read every night.

Kindergarten, last year, and she had to read to us every night. This part was my biggest struggle. I wanted to her to read well by herself right away, but this wasn’t really a fair expectation. So we practiced, night after night. It was hard sometimes to control my frustration when she didn’t get the words right. But instead I tried to help her rather than punish her.

Now she is in first grade. Last week she comes home with the most improved reader award for her class! Her favorite activity now is to curl up on the couch or her bed with a book and read to herself. She even reads to her little sister. I am so proud of her accomplishment in reading and it makes all of the years of sitting with her and a pile of books worth the time.

Monkey reading

So, to my crazy monkey, when you read this in the future congratulations and I am proud of you. Love your mom (or mother as you like to call me right now).


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anna
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 06:04:31

    Love your site!!!! new subcriber thru blog hop!!! also, thanks for stopping by my blog.

    That is one smart girl you got! 🙂


  2. Single Life 2 Married Wife
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 09:36:19

    She is a doll! and congrats on the award! that is worth celebrating!


  3. Cara
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 16:56:24

    What a beautiful little crazy monkey you have there! All that reading from the time they were babes ’til now has obviously done some good. Congratulations to Crazy Monkey and also to you, Mom!!


  4. liz
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 19:30:59

    Hooray for your good lil reader! She looks so distinguished and adorable in that photo!


    • Jessica D Torres
      Feb 07, 2011 @ 20:26:55

      She was reading to her sister in the picture but I cut out the little monster so that the focus was only on my crazy monkey. She deserved her moment in the spotlight. Thanks for the comment.


  5. Sandra
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 21:12:49

    Awwww, I love the little librarian look she has going on!
    I think it’s great she’s such a reader. My seven year old, grade 2, is a horrible reader despite the fact that I’ve been reading to him since forever. So I see that pic of your daugther, and I’m a little bit envious…but in a good way.


    • Jessica D Torres
      Feb 07, 2011 @ 21:19:39

      I didn’t notice it before but she does look like a little librarian. I remember reading your post about the struggles you have with your son and reading and I felt your pain in the struggle. It was sooo frustrating sometimes when she was trying to read to me but couldn’t figure out the words. I would sometimes think “I know you know this word but for some reason you are pretending you don’t.” It was even more frustrating when she would read with Daddy and have no problems at all with sounding out words. Keep practicing with your son and I’m sure one day he will catch on. Good luck! Thanks for the comment.


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