I am a homeschooling mother to almost six-year-old boy/girl twins. I started this homeschooling journey early because I needed the assurance the children could learn from me and that I could teach them. For the sake of safety, we will call the Twibbles by their nicknames (Scooter and Pippy). Scooter is an excellent reader of words and loves to read any new word he sees. He does not like to read books. Thus, my dilemma. I want him to enjoy reading a book as much as I do. I want him to be able to go anywhere he wants to go in this world by getting lost in a book. I want him to know the story – beginning, middle, end. This may come to him naturally later in his young life, but there is no harm in me encouraging it now.
The Light Bulb Moment
As I am washing dishes and thinking about a resolution to this dilemma, a James Patterson quote pops into my menopausal-I-forget-everything-brain. A long-time love affair with James Patterson books once had me researching more information about him. Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider, and Cat and Mouse are listed among my very favorite books and Miss. Curious here went digging about the author. It was then that I found this quote by James Patterson:
There’s no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books.
Armed with this quote in my head, I immediately beckoned Scooter to the kitchen and asked him what kind of books he would like to read. He replies, “I want to read about firetrucks and ambulances and police cars and helicopters.” There is no need to ask what Mr. Easter Bunny is hopping in here with!
So, Mr. Patterson, I thank you. My son will eventually thank you as he learns the joy he can get from reading a story and not just a word. To all the parents who are having trouble engaging their children in reading books, this could be your dilemma as well. Ask your children what they want to read about and then let them read it to you. Children spell love T-I-M-E, and there is no greater joy than the pride on their faces and in your heart at these milestone moments.