I mentioned to Nora a while ago that I would be willing to read her a chapter book if she thought she might enjoy that. I picked up the first Harry Potter book for Noah, but he wasn’t interested, so I thought Nora and I could read it. However, then I had a baby and Noah moved back home and we were adjusting to trying to get four kids to bed around the same time every night. It got put on the back burner to say the least.
We have begun to get Henry on a schedule and he’s been in bed around 7p lately, so I find that I have a few minutes to think at night. I can actually feel my brain lighten at this realization! Nora asked again last night if I would read to her and I agreed. We sat down in the big recliner together and began the story.
I love the Harry Potter books. I also enjoy the movies as does Nora, but reading a chapter book together is different. There are no pictures and it isn’t exactly quiet while we read. Lorelei came over and asked to sit with us at least three times and tried to convince us to read another book during the 20 minutes it took to read the first chapter. Nora stuck with it, though, she didn’t complain and she paid attention. It takes great imagination to read or hear a chapter book. She’s used to a story concluding in about that time and colorful pictures, but I hope she’d like to continue. I may have to read Harry Potter again even if she doesn’t because after one chapter, I’m hooked. If she’s not interested in Harry, I may pick up a Junie B.Jones book or something similar because I really enjoyed devoting that time to her.
Nora was almost reading before she started kindergarten. We’ve read to her or she’s “read” to herself every night for maybe four years now. They all get time to read before lights out and I’m so glad they do. Lorelei and I visit the library once a week and the bigs get to go at least twice a month. Noah walks out of the library with a stack of books about Fossils or whatever strikes his fancy that week and once in a while a SpaceHeadz or Wimpy Kid book. I love it! I do not mind one bit him spouting random trivia at me. I had questions about Umbra and Penumbra within the phases of the moon in my Physics homework last week and Noah could’ve helped me!
I’ve seen the difference over the years in people who actively read or don’t. People who seemed smart in ten years ago who have since stopped reading, it seems have also stopped growing. They speak the same way, are interested in the same old things, and are ignorant basically. I’m just talking about fiction; reading words, expanding your vocabulary, being introduced to different situations fantastically I believe all keep our brains awake and functioning. Throw a nonfiction book in there once in a while and look out!
We have begun to read to Henry now too. I hope the kids always enjoy reading!