Learning to read better with Skaya Siberian

Something that my nine year old discovered recently was a YouTube channel called Skaya Siberian. My 6yo’s really enjoying reading from it. Longish backstory below.

My 9yo can read astoundingly well and has been for years, but my 6yo is I’d say about average. I think the main issue with the younger’s reading is she thought the trick to reading was to have someone read it to you once, memorize it, and say it back. She was astoundingly good at tricking people into thinking she was reading by using her memory. Her memory is absurd.

That trick is obviously not the case for reading, but you try and convince a 6yo otherwise. Anyway, she’s on track, but in our family this *feels* like she’s behind. She feels like it too as her older sister has been reading to her since she was the same age.

We’ve got a book series she loves called Elephant and Piggie, and she brings those books out every night and reads them to us and is so proud that she can. Recently with the Skaya Siberian channel she’s started reading the dog’s voice, which is captioned every time Skaya “talks.” My 6yo has become the human voice of Skaya and human talks the dog.

Something to consider if you’ve got a kiddo who likes dogs and needs a reading task.

You can find the channel here. Challenge your young reader to be the voice of the doggo.

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.