There is something wonderful about a child who loves reading. This is especially true when that child has overcome reading difficulties. This is true even if you lose your e-Reader.
I never thought being stuck at the market for an extra 10 minutes would make me smile.
I learned to read when I was three years old. One of my favorite memories is opening a brown box of Dr. Seuss books and being able to read “Hop on Pop.” The box also contained, “One Thumb, Two Thumbs,” “The Foot Book” and “To Think That I Saw it On Mulberry Street.” All of those books were my friends and companions for many years to come. “The Foot Book” was such a treasure that I read it to my own children at least a million times.
My three of my four children took to reading rather easily. I took them from Hooked on Phonics to school books without any major hiccups. One of my daughters had trouble reading. Phonics just was not her friends and she could not get the relationship between phonics and reading. Fortunately, we lived in a school district that provided all kinds of testing and evaluations to find out exactly why she was having trouble getting the hang of reading. A specialist in reading and writing started working with my little one. After two months of special work, something wonderful happened at the supermarket.
A few days ago, three of the children and I were picking up a few things at the supermarket. We passed a rotating display with a variety of books. My problem reader saw a book that grabbed her attention. She did something incredible. She picked the book up, read the title and then proceeded to read the entire book aloud to the rest of us. The book display was in the next to last aisle of the market. This means I had done all my shopping and was ready to go home. But, when my baby picked up that book and began to read, all on her own, I had to stop myself from crying happy tears. My baby was reading a book. My baby was reading a book. My baby was reading a book!last aisle of the market. This means I had done all my shopping and was ready to go home. But, when my baby picked up that book and began to read, all on her own, I had to stop myself from crying happy tears. My baby was reading a book. My baby was reading a book. My baby was reading a book!
It was 10 minutes of my life that I was not planning to spend at the supermarket.
In my opinion, the best time to read is all day every day and twice on Sunday. In 2012 the Pew Institute participated in a study to determine how many books the average American reads in a year. E-readers read approximately 24 books per year and traditional book readers read approximately 15 books per year. In a good year I read about 50 books per year. In a great year I read 75 books per year. All that reading takes time. If you are a working mom like me, with a husband, 4 kids, a dog and a cat, life is busy. It is sometimes hard to find time to read. It reminds me of the expression – “get it in where you can fit in.”
There are thousands of different reasons why a person should read. Some of them include:
* advance on work
* keep up with current events
* to spend quality time with children
There are 4 ways to get a healthy reading habit for life. When I was a child, I watched Saturday morning cartoons. One commercial I remember was one that said, “reading is fundamental.” All my life I have loved to read. When I was pregnant with my twins, I got cravings for books the way other women craved pickles and ice cream. I read for fun, for education, for distraction for business purposes. I read, I read I read.