One of the things I most want to instill in my kids besides core character traits is a love of reading. I have been a reader for as long as I can remember. So has my hubby. So it seems genetically impossible that we will breed children who don’t have their nose in a book.
So far we are succeeding. The little guy can often be found sitting among a stack of board books flipping his way through. Hannah loves to be read to and is just beginning to grasp how to put sounds together. Seeing her face light up as she sounds out a word is so cool. But Lily? Lily is in a league of her own.
Lily was a very early reader. I remember her beginning to read at 3 1/2 and by 4 she was plowing through most picture books. By 4 1/2 she was tackling small chapter books. By the time she started Kindergarten there was really nothing she couldn’t read. I distinctly recall being in a hotel with her before she turned 5 and having her begin to read out of the bible. The King James Version. Even I can barely read that.
So it is not uncommon to find her with her nose in a book. She is literally the child who will walk from room to room reading while walking and nearly running into things. I sometimes have to punish her by telling her she can’t read anymore because she is ignoring me when I ask her to help with things. It is a good problem to have.
This past week during library time she checked out a fairly long chapter book that she was so excited to read. It was part of the “Indian in the Cupboard” series and her class had read the first one together. On the ride home from school, she had knocked off 50 pages and had no desire to stop. Not to eat dinner, not to play with her siblings, not to get ready for bed. The child was GLUED to this book.
It was a battle at bedtime because we played the “can’t I just read a little longer game” for way to long and it was past her bedtime already. So she finally was persuaded to give up the fight with the promise that I would wake her up a little bit earlier than usual so she could read in the morning before school.
It is not uncommon for Silas or even Hannah to wake up in the night and call out for us. Usually Silas has lost a pacifier or Hannah needs a glass of water. But Lily is a sleeper. Unless she is sick she sleeps hard. And it is always a small battle to get her up in the morning. But this night was different.
At 4 am…. FOUR A.M. we hear Lily cry out. When the hubby went to check on her she was wide awake asking if it was time to read again. The child was WIDE awake. We assured her it was NOT time to wake up and read but that she needed to go back to sleep. She agreed, but told us it would be hard because she just wanted to read this book.
Sure enough the next morning she flew out of bed, hurried through her morning routine and got back to reading. She read all through breakfast and the entire way to school. I had to pry the book out of her hands so she could walk in the door. And the book was finished by dinnertime that night.
This apple is falling right next to the tree and I love it.
Growing a reader is a Finer Thing so this is linked up to Finer Things Friday at Amy’s Finer Things.