Of course, I’ve known this truth for a very long time. But we’ve really turned a corner here with Turkey and Bunny, and it’s exciting to watch.
Turkey and Bunny are both great readers. Their reading level is *at least* several grades ahead, and their comprehension is good. They have no problem reading story books and readers, but chapter books took a little more convincing. Bunny finally realized a few months ago that the words were not too hard for her, and that just because there is less white space on the page, doesn’t make the act of reading that much more difficult. So, she’s been reading some chapter books here and there, but it’s been sporadic.
Turkey, on the other hand, has had a real mental block about chapter books. I don’t know if it’s a boy thing, or the way his brain processes information, but he was just certain that he could not do it. I’ve been encouraging him and prodding him to just pick up a book and try, but he’s been reluctant. But a few weeks ago, he finally decided to give it a try. It took some getting used to, but he did finally realize he *could* do it, and that reading to yourself is actually fun.
So, for the last two weeks, he and Bunny have been reading. A lot. Between them, in that amount of time, they’ve read at least 10 chapter books, and they show no sign of letting up. This is the point where I’m glad that we have a good home library, because I’m not sure that we have enough time to keep going back to the actual library every time they need a new book!
I’m so happy my children have learned this lesson, and now we can share the joy of reading together!