Dear Aunty Aidan,
This is so exciting: my child has begun to read on their own! How can I support this effort?
Pillar of Books
Congratulations to your child and celebratory hurrahs to you – a whole new world has opened! I am pleased to find that you consider your “work” to be that of a buttress, brace, and undergird. Your job is to provide the materials – books of interest and pleasure at the appropriate reading level, which is usually a notch lower than their instructional level.
Your child will also need a space - a well-lit, quiet, comfy nook, free of noisy noises and intruding parental questions (ahem). And let them choose a time - after dinner, before bedtime - to read leisurely on their own. You should continue to read to them, to model by reading yourself, to talk about what you’ve read and to tell them a word they don’t know. (Leave the instruction to the professionals.)
Oh joy, watch the pillar of books increase in height!