raising a reader. In college, and later as a teacher, I learned a lot about the techniques and factors involved in helping children become successful readers. Some of it made sense, but most of it seemed like just a bunch of hard work that actually would make reading very unpleasant. I know every child is different and many just don’t take to the actual process of reading easily, but I think every child responds to the power of a good story. I’m so glad that Spud shares his older brother’s and my love of a good book. I’m afraid I might be getting a little spoiled—maybe when FutureBaby arrives it will be a completely different situation!
It’s all well and good to read and study about the initial steps towards reading—things like letter recognition, or memorizing and then “reading” a story (that’s happening big time around here), but to see it happening right in front of you as a child progresses through different stages of interest and learning from birth and onwards, well that’s a fantastically thrilling experience. I love that I get to have a front row seat, and for now I’m just trying to let him lead and sit back and enjoy the ride.