In our house we love to read. The kids love being read to, and they both love reading books on their own. Harper is at the stage where she is constantly surprising me with what she's reading. A couple of days ago I found her with Ramona the Brave and thought surely she wasn't understanding that on her own... but then I asked her about it and I think she is. I had her read a little bit aloud to me and in three pages she only tripped up on the word, "triumph." I find she stumbles over words that aren't part of her life experience. Some of the Magic Tree House books throw her for a loop, though they are easier reading than Ramona, because she has never encountered some of the history/geography in those books before. So we talk about it, she learns. Books are awesome.
I have been asked about how Harper learned to read early. The short answer is that she was ready and I know the things to say/do to push her in that direction. I keep thinking I might write a post to expand on that, but the really, really simple answer is this. Read to your kids. All the time. Every day. Make room for it. If you do that, most kids will learn when they are ready. The end.
When you do that, you'll also have kids who will spend 45 minutes at the kitchen table pouring over the first book orders of the year:
Harper was so excited to come home with those book orders, you'd think she was holding a winning lottery ticket.
When I was in grade school the mailman used to come during our afternoon recess. We always accosted the poor guy looking in his basket for book order delivery boxes. He must have LOVED that.
There's really no point to this post except to say it's back to school time. Book orders will be coming home. Buy some books. Read them.
And, in an unrelated note, is it just me or is this child looking achingly grown-up lately?
Also, I am in love with this song. Go and listen.