>> Friday, May 24, 2013
On Friday I like to post one image I took that week that makes me happy. Today I wanted to post this image of the boys reading while eating their lunch (we eat and do school at the same table). Well, Imp is looking at the pictures, he doesn't read yet. I think he is going to be like his brother and avoid reading like the plaque until sometime in first grade.
I am an avid reader, but I have heard horror stories that boys are not as likely to read for pleasure. I make sure that my husband and I read around the kids, but it didn't seem to make a difference. Both boys would listen to me read to them for hours, but no way were they going to read to themselves.
Then a friend mentioned that she got her kids to read by leaving interesting books all over the place, and when they got bored they would pick them up. She suggested books that boys would like, such as neat science books with photos and comic books (Calvin and Hobbes, Peanuts, and Garfield work in our house).
Well, I am lazy and clutter is often an issue in this house and we have a lot of books, so I decided to give this a go. And it worked!
Yesterday Duke was feeling under the weather and I was trying to avoid turning on the idiot-box. He said he was bored and I told him to go and read. I didn't hear a peep from him almost all afternoon (he was in his bed in his room), and when I checked on him he was reading Roald Dahl's The BFG and had read 125 pages!!! I had a happy mommy moment. I love Roald Dahl and it is so exciting sharing him with my son.
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