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Z’s first Enid Blyton

This cost 2 for $9.90. 
I picked “The Six Red Wizards” while he picked “Mr Icy Cold”. He was pleased with the former because of the exposure to Harry Potter.

There were 7 parts to the books but the movies were split into 8 parts. He always referred to the movies as Harry Potter 7, Harry Potter 8.

When I burst into excitement on the continuation of the Harry Potter series through a play, Z asked, “Can we go London to watch Harry Potter 9?” I explained the plot of HP 9 took place 19 years after he left school.  

Z exclaimed that Harry Potter was so old then. 

Anyway, I digressed. 

Z chose the latter in anticipation of the winter holiday. 

I could not remember how my Enid Blyton books used to cost but I grew up with them. From the short stories where I read about the talking bears to The Wishing Chair and the Far, Faraway Tree. I wished my children would enjoy these stories as much as I do.

A sight word

When I realised ‘Disney’ was a sight word without any form of teaching or guidance from us, my jaw dropped.

How amazing and deeply this word had been imprinted on the young minds.

This was especially when the boy had problem remembering ‘the’, ‘if’ and other simpler words. It showed the relevance was critical in retention, or should I say – selective retention.

Reading with your child

I saw this set of tips http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-ways-for-parents-encourage-their-child-read.html

I had used 2 of the tips mentioned, especially the one on developing the oral language and surrounding the child with reading material. The former made it easier for him to predict what he was reading and the latter meant he had access to so many types of materials.

I was lucky that I managed to nurture an interest in reading though I read lesser to him these days.

Z’s teacher had also informed us that his reading was much better but he still had problem with blending a few syllabus.

By virtue of the time I spent teaching Z to read, X would fight for my attention to read to him too.

One stone can kill two birds.

Read a book


It was more of a milestone for me than for Z!

I managed to coach him into reading a book independently (actually two books) in less than 15 minutes. It seemed like my tutoring skills were very much in place. I used to give private tuition for 6 years as extra pocket money. I taught mostly secondary students and I would have stopped giving private tuition totally by the time I started work. However I had a student whom I taught math from Primary 5 and her mother requested that I complete up to O levels with her. That explained why the tuition stint was 6 years.

I had to admit that I was not good with teaching basic fundamentals like writing ABC. However, I still made a good private tutor, and it sure looked to be a lifelong tuition job going ahead.

Z was bursting with joy when he realized he was capable of completing a book on his own. I picked a simpler book to boost his morale and it was a real encouragement. He went on to read to Mr H who was very surprised too. However, he probably was tired and made some mistakes for subsequent rounds.

Z was so upset with himself that he cried.

I might sound sadistic but I was happy to see him so concerned about his reading performance. I used swimming and sports to explain fatigue and stamina. He would become better at reading eventually because practice made perfect.

In any case, Z’s teachers were right and they had been instrumental in prepping him to read as well as guiding us to teach him.