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.
It is important to teach yourchildren self-respect because it sets a good foundation for the rest of their lives. My favorite kindergarten teacher in all the world is named Liz Friedman. She is kindergarten teacher at Gladwyne Elementary school where my children go to school. One of the first thing she teaches her students is that they should show themselves good friendship. Self-respect goes along with good friendship. When we teach our children self-respect we give them a tool that will serve them well all their lives.
4. The Golden Rule
We Train Others How to Treat Us
You can find serenity in learning how to show your children love. Children are funny. No matter what we do for them, no matter what sacrifices we make for their benefit, if we deny them a cookie before dinner, they feel unloved. We must find ways to show our children love in ways they understand and appreciate. Recently I asked one of my young daughters what was her favorite thing about me. For the few seconds while I waited for her response my mind wandered. I thought bout the myriad of things she and I did together over the course of her life. I thought about the countless things I have done to make her happy. The answer she gave never crossed my mind. Her response was, “What I love most is that Miss Pam gives you books for us to read.” Continue reading →