Long-time readers of my blog might remember the days when I wasn't sure how to get Hug interested in reading. I wrote about it a few times & I'm linking to some of those posts here:
"Mama I can read"
The Art of Storytelling
The Textual Paradigm & Other Ways of Knowing
Well, time passed (as it does) and something happened...
He became The Reader.
Now, my boy LOVES to read. L-O-V-E-S.
There were days when I wondered if it would ever happen & now there are days when I have to stop him reading ;)
And it's amazing how often we are stopped in cafe's and stores (yes, he'll follow me out of the car and into stores with his nose still buried deep into a book) by people telling us how refreshing it is to see kids reading.
So, what happened?
It's hard to put my finger on it. But, I really think it was about TIME. It just took him time to want to read. And then, the next part of the magic was, I believe, EXPOSURE. He has always been surrounded by books and by people reading. Books are important here.
He always has enjoyed books but for a very long time he was happy to experience them visually.
Now, he knows there's something hidden in the jumble of letters too. A million things. A million worlds. A million ideas. He's hooked. And it's a beautiful thing to watch.
Do your kids like reading? Did it take time for them too or did it come easily?