You can tell your kids are not only reading, but comprehending, when they begin to realize just how dorky basal readers really are.
We do the vast majority of our reading from REAL books, but I sometimes have Gunnar read aloud from a set of basal readers I was given, because the content is related to different reading strategies we’re working on.
The books are chock-full of exciting, scintillating stories like, “The Fat Cat”, “The Red Hen”, “Slice the Cake!”, and “The Old Lamp”. (Eyes rolling.)
Today he read the engrossing tale of “Wade’s Ice Cubes”.
Wade made ice cubes.
He will use them in his glass.
He is sure that the ice cubes will make his drink cold.
At this point, even Gunnar couldn’t take any more. He looked at me, raised one eyebrow, and said, “Gee… do ya think?”
Yeah. I think we're ready to move on.