It’s happening…

Slowly, but surely and with a few well-timed trips to the library, a few well-chosen independent reading books, and several read-alouds that we’ve plowed through some in just a couple of days.  He’s being bitten by the reading bug.  

Tonight, we stopped by the library and his first question was if we could have just a “hang out” kind of time at the library.  The past few trips were quick in-and-out just to get something specific.  Hanging our coats, and settling in to peruse the new releases before making our way to the puppet show and plastic grill, I felt thankful for the chance to settle in and have such an afternoon.  I watched as they performed a sweet show for me, and ate all manner of plastic hot dogs, felt pizza, and burgers that were balanced, dropped, returned, and balanced again on small spatulas, all the while adoring the chef’s hat and apron my son proudly wore.  

We left with a good 7 or 8 books (and a printed list of all we have checked out!), and both kids read the entire way home.  Upon arriving home, Seneca and I headed inside so she could read to Daddy, while Calder hung back in the van for a few minutes – still buckled, side door open, winter-booted leg crossed one over the other.  He came in to say he’d finished a second book!!

He glanced through the stack I’d placed on the kitchen cabinet and found Book One of the 39 Clues series.  Intrigued, he looked it over and headed upstairs to the hall shelf, where we had the exact same book already!  I knew we had something, but I didn’t realize it was the same one!  Thankfully, it added to his intrigue!

After dinner, Garth started the book with him, while Seneca and I added a few more rows to the cross stitch project we started recently.  We read devotions together and headed to respective bedrooms.  “Can we read just one more chapter, please Mom?” Calder begged.  

“How about…5 pages?” I countered.

“Sure, sounds good!”

Pages read, I climb off the dinosaur bedspread and scoop up the limp body of a sleeping puppy – the perfect reading companion!  Heading upstairs, I left him to read a few more pages on his own while I went up to snuggle with Sis.  

Twenty-minutes, and nearing the end of another chapter, I peek in and see him beaming, and exhausted, and unable, to put the book down.  “Mom, do we have another lamp?” A few minutes later, his old reading lamp is returned to it’s spot on the shelf above his bed, shining down on his toothless grin where he sleepily giggles, “This is so fun!  It’s like I’m in my own little bubble.”  

I kiss his head, and head out giving him 5 more minutes.

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As he snaps off his light, I share with him my love of waking up in the morning, finding my book and reading in the morning light.  Leaving his room, I can barely keep my breath calm, as I think of all the adventures that await my sweet reader.  

Gratitude ~ Day 20

I’m so thankful for great teachers – who not only introduce my children to words, sounds, letters, books, numbers, and skills, but who also watch out for potential allergies and follow up with emails later that evening to check on my little loves.

I’m grateful to call most of these teachers not just colleagues, but friends.  And I’m so grateful that sometimes, when you have a good book and talkative parents, this is what happens in the hallway after school.

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The book fairy

Being rather into words myself, I’m thrilled that Calder seems to enjoy his books.  Often times, amidst what I’m sure is brilliant baby-onics, I’ll hear his recognizable “A, O, U!” when he’s looking at text.  Mind you, it might be a book, the bottle of lotion or what have you.  This little vowel game started way back in May when Garth and Calder spent a weekend up north so he could speak at a banquet at his high school.  Apparently Calder found the vowels to be highly entertaining when Grandma recited them, and well, now he says his vowels!

Well, “O” and “U” are almost always said, sometimes “A.”  The “E” and “I” however, haven’t quite made the cut.  We’re singing “Old MacDonald” in hopes that they’ll grow on him!

I’m always trying to find books to share with Calder – those I love, and new ones as well.  While we’ve been blessed with several books from family members, it seems that a recent visit from Aunt Julie (aka. the book fairy) has taken our level of bookcase fullness to new heights.  The huge box was loaded with all sorts of books enjoyed by her boys, the youngest of whom is now in middle school.

It’s been fun sharing these stories, and finding early cursive handwriting in the “This Book Belongs to” labels inside some of them.  When I finally got around to sorting them a little, I found this…

Multiples

I know I’ve done it myself – purchased a book only to find I already owned it.  But this really has me wondering how they came to have four (I think there might have been five actually, but I wasn’t about to wander into a napping child’s room to check) copies of this little classic?  If I ever find out, I’ll be sure to share!

While I know this is extremely late, I had to share my multiples for today, and thought these were much more interesting than piles of dirty laundry!

Head over to Stacey’s for more Theme Thursday!

Reading Time

The kids and I were thrilled to have Grandma come visit today, especially since our last two plans to connect were foiled due to the flu.  Thankfully it was Grandma and Grandpa who were battling the bug and not us!  With the weather turning colder, and the heat officially turned on, we spent most of the day snuggling, playing, laughing, and having all sorts of everyday fun.

Grandma arrived just as we were finishing lunch, and in time to put C. down for his afternoon nap.  I remember reading about the collective effort of reading Corduroy on October 2nd, so I had this book set out for today’s selection.

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