Daniel reading & video

Posted by spots (Singapore, Singapore) on 28 June 2009 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Dan has been really impressing in the area of reading. Since about April, when I bogged this entry, I've been getting Daniel to read a few pages of various books each day. He's enjoyed reading Dr Seuss's Cat in the Hat, the Cat in the Hat Comes Back, some Curious George books, and most recently, a series of stories from the Little Bear series, really very sweet stories and so well-illustrated.

A few days ago, I went to the Bukit Merah Library and found these Fly Guy books by Tedd Arnold. They're hilarious and probably just right as early reading material--short sentences, 3 lines per page, funny pictures, and with a hilarious storyline too! The author even divides his story into "chapters", as if to get the kid ready for bigger books.

Dan loves them! We were busy preparing to get out of the house this morning when we found him reading on his own. Here's a video.
And another.

Dan never ceases to amaze me. When he is around crowds of people, he can act really hyper and crazy. The sort that never sits still and is so easily distracted that he can't concentrate. If I met him for the first time in a crowd, I would think, "This kid is really hyper!" Yet, when at home, in familiar surroundings, he can really focus. And learn. I should video him writing one day--it's really nice to see this multi-dimensioned human being emerging in Daniel.

verna from United States

wow! that's pretty impressive. how old is he now?

29 Jun 2009 3:36am

spots from Singapore, Singapore

he's 2 months to 4 :)

29 Jun 2009 5:52am

Dad from Singapore

We are glad that Dan can already read. Thanks to your effort, Spots !!! Well he surely is following his father's footstep of love for books and reading. Surely, Ben will be next, judging from his eager look in the video.

30 Jun 2009 1:57am

Reen from Singapore

i am curious to know how Dan learn to recognised words! he is excellent!!! i think reading is very important and it's a good habit :) my daughter happens to be same age as Dan, i believed their birthday both falls on Aug. Right now, i am still the reader to her :) Would really be nice to hear from you how you cultivate a reader, thanks!!

1 Jul 2009 1:30am

spots from Singapore, Singapore

Hi Reen, cld you pass me ur email? I'll email you la :) But honestly, it was nothing more than just reading to him every day and teaching him the alphabet, then short words, then longer words.... will email you details.

I still do read to Daniel by the way--cos there are lots of books with lots of words, and he reads too slow.

2 Jul 2009 7:34am

angela from Singapore

Hi Ruth, can you kindly share with me as well? my email is edandchest [AT] yahoo [DOT] com. Thanks a million!

3 Jul 2009 1:22pm

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