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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

It has baffled me that my kids are not voracious readers.

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We did all the recommended things. We read to them since they emerged from the womb. Our home is filled with books of all types and they see the adults in the family inhale the written word as if oxygen.

Asperger’s makes reading increasingly difficult for Beernut. Grasping inferences, predicting character behaviours, and anticipating outcomes are outside of his realm. And he has grown to despise reading. The only saving grace for him has been our move to a school that has an amazing reading program facilitated by an amazing reading specialist. He has made tremendous progress…and even admits to enjoying reading. Sometimes.

And Poppyseed…my sweet Poppyseed. One-and-a-half years of remedial reading has brought her up to grade level. More importantly, in the past few weeks, the switch has been thrown. She is reading whenever she can steal a few moments. For the first time, she stayed up reading to finish a book.

She was on chapter two when I said “lights out.”

Remembering my own childhood obsession with books, I didn’t have the heart to enforce bedtime. “Don’t stay up too late” was the most I could muster while hiding the glee I felt. Finally!

Though she loves being an independent reader, she still insists on certain books being read to her. “Mommy books,” she calls them. You know the ones. All-of-a-Kind-Family for now. The Little House series next. And then…Anne. My most favourite character of all time. How long I have waited to introduce my daughter to Anne.

What childhood character do you hope to share with your child (son, daughter, niece, nephew, etc.)?

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. the writ and the wrote permalink
    Tuesday, 29 November 2011 11:35 am

    I’ve been hanging on to my Baby Sitter’s Club books for years in hopes that one day I might have someone to pass them on to, but it’s not looking like that’s happening, so now I’m looking to sell them.

  2. Tuesday, 29 November 2011 2:04 pm

    Hi FS,

    I’m overjoyed at your children’s adapting and learning growth since moving east. Having a mom like you would be a plus in any family. I/we miss you very much.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 7 December 2011 3:44 pm

      Miss you guys as well!!!

  3. Ilanadavita-Davita permalink
    Wednesday, 30 November 2011 3:45 am

    I share your excitement.

  4. Wednesday, 30 November 2011 2:28 pm

    Although I don’t have any children, I’ve passed along my favorite childhood literary character, Nancy Drew, by way of gifts to the children of my friends.
    I remember the first Nancy Drew book my parents (z”l) gave me for my birthday; “The Secret of the Old Clock” made me feel so grown-up and from that point on, I always received at least one book for my birthday.
    My love of books and passion for reading are the best gifts my parents ever gave me.
    Thanks for triggering a wonderful memory for me, Frume Sarah!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 7 December 2011 4:22 pm

      Then you MUST read Girl Sleuth and the Women Who Created Her. You will love it.

  5. Wednesday, 30 November 2011 10:19 pm

    ooh…I also love All of a Kind Family…and Little House…and Anne….and also I love sharing Harry Potter…I agree, it’s so hard to send them to bed when you remember sneaking the flashlight under the covers….

    WHAT was the book that she stayed up so late reading??? 🙂

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Wednesday, 7 December 2011 3:49 pm

      As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t really matter because she was R-E-A-D-I-N-G!!! For the record, however, it was some title from the Rainbow Fairy series. Maybe Samantha the Swimming Fairy??

      The “meatier” books are the ones that she prefers me to read to her.

      Which is fine by me.

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