Today was a good day where reading was concerned. It seemed like the house was full of reading. That doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I feel like I’ve done something right. For a house of kids that don’t like to read, I’m happy every time this happens.
When I was a child I remember loving to read. I read a ton of books, not that I remember most of them now. A good deal of them had to do with horses, which I thought I loved until reality kicked in and I realized they could be a little scary. But that aside, I remember spending a lot of time reading.
So looking at my own kids, I can’t help but wonder where I went wrong. They don’t love reading the way I used to. They really don’t like to read at all, which is too bad because reading could do so much for them.
Today things were different. Beekee sat and read two chapters of a book to Sander. Admittedly it was an easy book for Beekee, so he wasn’t at all challenged, and Sander kind of tunes out when it comes to books and classes, but it was a nice moment for the two of them, for however long it lasted.
Even Sander got into it today. He read Green Eggs and Ham to himself today, which is pretty good for a kid who claims he can’t read and is always telling me how much he hates reading. He read it like a pro, so obviously some of that reading skill is sticking with him. Maybe we just need to get more books like that for him. It might help him settle into the reading thing.
It’s made me realize that the kids need a better relationship with books. I know I don’t read to them much. I don’t read many books myself either, so I can’t blame them for not being into it. At the same time, I need to help give them a solid foundation in reading, because books can do so much for the imagination. They can give so much access to information you wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to. Books are a magical thing.
I think tomorrow we may do a little more reading. It would be good to get them to unplug for a little while and actually enjoy some time doing something else. Hopefully it will start to help them build a beautiful relationship with books.