Thursday, August 11, 2011

For the Love of Reading




R: Reading

Okay, confession time. I'd rather be reading right now.


That's right, I admit it. I would rather be sitting with my Nook, lost in a different world than typing on my computer.  Unless I was typing my own lost in a different world story.  Hmm, maybe I have a problem with reality?  Maybe I need help, an intervention maybe...


Nah.  But I do need to get back to writing this post.  Welcome to the sit-down-and-type-everything-that-comes-to-mind kind of post.  We can call it summer brain.  Which brings us back to wishing I was sitting on the beach with my Nook (in it's handy dandy waterproof cover), reading the newest Ted Dekker that I have for review.   But alas, I have responsibilities.  Another "R" word and one I prefer to avoid when possible.  Instead, I get to talk about reading and I like that almost but not quite as much as actually reading.
 

So you'd think with my big love of reading, my kids seeing me read all the time, there are more books in the house than groceries kind of lifestyle, that all of my kids would be natural readers, right?  Nope. My first three kids were exactly like that. They read early and they devoured books. And then my fourth child came along and he struggled with learning to read. I mean struggled.  If he'd been my first, I probably would have given up on homeschooling completely- convinced I could not teach my child to read.


We tried the book my first three breezed through. Didn't work. We tried books, texts, computer software, everything we could think of and yet he still struggled.  Finally, when he was NINE, the light bulb went off somewhere and it all made sense.  He could read. But he still hated it. What to do?  How could this be possible?  How could one of my children possibly hate reading?  It was inconceivable.


So I read aloud. I read aloud to all of my children, even after they reach high school age, so this was nothing new but it engaged him.  He enjoyed being read to and enjoyed the stories. Finally, I struck gold.  I read the first Percy Jackson book aloud. He loved it and wanted more. So I purchased the next book in the series but moved on to a different read aloud. The book was there for him if he wanted it, but he'd have to read it on his own.


He did. And he read the next in the series and the next.

He's fourteen now and still wouldn't call himself a reader, but if I find something he really likes, he'll devour it.  He read The Hunger Games trilogy in four days. He's developing an appetite for good books and great stories. And this book loving mama is pleased.  





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