A couple of weeks ago, JR finished his reading lesson book, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. This event marked a special freedom in his life. From now on, he still needs to read every day, but he can pick whichever book he wants to read. I figure you only learn how to read once, so we decided to celebrate the momentous occasion with a Super Star Reader Party. JR picked out everything we ate for dinner, including the cake and ice cream for dessert and our family members each brought him a gift-wrapped book. It was very similar to a birthday party; he even blew out candles after we exclaimed, “John Robert is a Super Star Reader!”
I ended the evening by giving each of the children a Super Star Reader badge. In order to be awarded the badge, they each needed to take a pledge. JR pledged to continue to read and love reading. Asher pledged to continue working on his letters, sounds and start to read. Holden (my 2 year-old nephew) pledged to continue to say new words. It was really cute, but Holden ripped his badge off before I could even get a picture of him.
I feel like celebrating these educational milestones is even more important than celebrating birthdays. Learning to read is a HUGE accomplishment. Heck, I felt like finishing that book was a huge accomplishment for myself. Here are a few pictures of how the party turned out.
So, what do you think? Is that something you would do for your kid or am I completely ridiculous? :) I’m just so proud of my little reader, I could burst.
p.s. I’m finally getting around to writing about how I organize our Montessori school room. A lot of people have asked me for this information and it’s posting tomorrow. Sorry, it’s taken me a while. Something always seems to get in the way…my kids. :)