Opening a Whole New World

Learning to read opens so many opportunities, but it is even more exciting to be part of the learning process for your child. 

My son is almost reading completely on his own and every day I see another spark, a new word recognized, the joy and pride on his face, this list goes on and on...  It never ceases to amaze me when he discovers something new.  He used to get so frustrated when he couldn't master something on the first try; I now see a difference in his willingness to take a few risks.

Today, he read me a book that wasn't one he had memorized.  All the "it, the, at, sun, cat, rat, ball" started coming to life and I noticed he viewed books in a completely different way. 

I have been reading to him since the day he came home from the hospital and I don't think I have ever missed a day.  When he was a baby, I would read to him whatever I happened to be reading at the time - he just liked the sound of my voice.  Now, we read at a minimum 4 books a day.  I have to admit, I too am a bookaholic and can't go by a bookstore without buying at least one book.  Thank goodness for the library. 

He got his "own" first library card last week (you have to be able to sign your name to the application in order to have a library card) and we immediately checked out 14 books on his card.  Two days later, they had all been read and re-read.  He asked me how many books you were allowed to check out of the library - our library system has no limit.  With that, a huge smile came over his face and he told me he would check out 100 books.  Mom, the voice of reason told him "let's take what we both can carry".  I am excited, as I was the one that checked out all of the books in the past - now he can choose and I can learn! 

What a joy and a privilege it is to be a parent!

childoftheland childoftheland
46-50, F
10 Responses Mar 1, 2009

Sam sounds like quite a boy. Funny - a kid's perception of time.

When I took my son to the library for the first time, he said..<br />
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"Aww Mummy it will take me at least a year to read all of these books"<br />
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The librarian overheard the comment, smiled, and still remembers the day she met Sam.

Awwww I remember those days....precious<br />
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I also bought books as gifts instead of toys.....and now as ahe is an adult, he loves books still and is an avid reader.

Thank you Tasmin. We have a Mem Fox Children's book called "Possum Magic" - my son loves it! <br />
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I will have to check out Rading Magic. <br />
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Charlee - nice to see you my friend - yes, these are blessed times.

i remember those days, they are blessed times.

I am currently reading a book called ' Reading Magic' by and Australian writer, Mem Fox. It is a wonderful book about the value and shared joys of reading aloud to your child. <br />
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But you already know this .. and are reaping the rewards

oh i bet hes adorable. reading is one of the best things you can do! i read to my 2 yr. old grandaughter last night!

He is in Kindergarten. I hope he grows up to do whatever makes him happy (writing would be nice). Thank you for your comment!

I'm very happy to read this. You're a good parent. I bet he grows up to be a writer or to study litterature or something. How old is he now?

I'm very happy to read this. You're a good parent. I bet he grows up to be a writer or to study litterature or something. How old is he now?