One of the biggest things that has started to happen, and I say this with a lots of hesitation is the raw beginnings of my son reading!!! I finally gave in last month and started allowing more "educational" games in the home and at his grandparent's and I have to say it was the best idea I ever begrudgingly made. Sitting down and having "lessons" about letters and phonics just doesn't fit our relationship, but sitting next to him and helping him with phonics games and telling him how to spell words on his fake computer has spurred his own interest in reading in a way I couldn't inspire thru more traditional means.
So we've been using Starfall just about every day - typically while I'm making dinner and it was definitely worth the yearly fee (plus my parents can access all the features on their computer and Ipad for him). He's also been just getting into our next level of Bob Books now that he's understanding phonics more and more. We use the box collections that I found at Costco a while back instead of tiny books you can get at the library. We still pull out of Pre-Reader box every now and then too.
This little game is proving well worth the investment too. And it's provided a lot of laughes because H. usually skips "15" when counting and I feel like a character in a Monty Python sketch.....
".... thirteen, fourteen, sixteen...."
Finding books to read at night is still proving a little difficult after the success of reading "The Hobbit", but right now we're reading this version of "Peter Pan", with illustrations done by one of my favorite illustrators
The biggest challenge is finding books with appropriate stories for his age, still have a good amount of illustration, but with longer length and higher word count. We tried out "The Tale of Desperaux" a few weeks ago, and honestly I was so disappointed by the book and we didn't finish it. It was much darker than I expected and the language was choppy and distracting. So I'm planning to raid the myth and fairy tales section of my library this weekend (and maybe a nice big book post to come!), though we've plowed through three Usborne collections of Fairy Tales in the last couple of weeks. I've been hearing good things about Lamplighter books, does anyone have an opinion about them?
This came into our possession this week, but we've agreed that Harry Potter isn't for a couple years yet as a read aloud, but it's so pretty!
I'm at a bit of a loss for books for myself right now and have just been rereading my favorites - I'm in need of suggestions of some good, escapist (nothing too heavy right now) fiction and I love a good series, though not ridiculously long (3-4 books is my limit to a series honestly unless you're Harry Potter). So I'm searching for some recommendations for myself and any good, illustrated versions of longer books for the kiddo!