Tuesday 1 March 2011


In a funny coincidence, just when Fiona wrote an article about too much reading, BK1 started to read more seriously. We are seeing the exact same thing.

2 weeks ago, she was a normal 5-year-old, playing with her sister, running around a lot, dressing up, the works. And then something happened. She picked up some book and decided to read it on her own. I have no idea which one it was that started the interest.

When we went to do a bit of shopping on Sunday, she took her book and read it in the car even though she was feeling slightly sick. She then carried it around with her when we split up and while the Babelmum shopped, BK1 was sitting on the floor reading at H&M and other shops.

She is half-way into "Pippi Longstocking" currently, and she spends pretty much every second she has with her book.

I certainly remember phases like that, but a lot later in my life! I have this recollection in my head of one day when I wanted to "just read a bit before sleep" and then my father walked in to wake me up for school and I was still at it. I must have been about 15 years old, maybe older.

Also, unlike her I read German books only until I was 18 years old. And BK1 is already reading English, French and German.

Mind boggling, really.


  1. So glad it isn't just my kid then! And how funny - yesterday Sofie picked up her copy of Pippi Longstocking again. It must be something in the air right now!!

  2. Mindboggling indeed!

    As you probably know, research shows that the best way to learn new vocabulary and grammatical structures is to encounter them in context while reading--even more effective than explicit instruction. Go BK1!

  3. Yup. I can't wait to give her some of the books I read when I was a kid!


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