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For the love of reading...

For the love of reading...

Ever since I was a little girl I LOVED to read.  I would read every night (unbeknownst to my mom) usually by nightlight so that I wouldn’t be caught.  This is probably the main reason my eyesight is horrible, but it was worth it ha ha.  There is something about a good book that made me so happy.  I love to see how a story turns out.  I have always been fascinated by the imaginations of the authors and how they could create stories that could make me feel so many different emotions.  I am always trying to figure out the ending but unlike my friends I wasn’t willing to read the last page and ruin the element of surprise.  I thought they were crazy!  Not knowing how it would end up is what made reading the book so fun!  I always imagined my life as a mom teaching my kids to love books and reading.  Of course I didn’t plan then that my kids would have minds of their own ha ha.  However, that hasn’t stopped me from trying to get them to read.  I have just had to find other ways to get them excited about it.  My oldest daughter is more traditional and will read the normal style of book.  My second daughter is on the autism spectrum and struggles with ADHD as well.  She is a great reader and wants to read more traditional books but usually does better with non-fiction.  We are still working on the traditional fiction stories because it’s good for her to read about social situations but her attention span isn’t very long.  I have to be careful though because not all books have great examples of social skills, or are filled with the type of relationships I have no desire for her to copy.  We have found that audiobooks work best for her.  Then she can color or play slime while she listens and that seems to work for her.  Then I have my 2 boys that also have ADHD.  Reading hasn’t been easy for them.  They get distracted easily and their eyes struggle focusing for long periods of time (this was proven by an opthamologist).  My oldest son Ashton did vision therapy for 6 months and now we are doing it with my second son Eli (another story for another time).  It helped Ashton so much so it has been worth the cost.  Back to reading…with the boys I had to get more creative.  Ashton didn’t want to read but he liked Pokemon and would get really excited about any cards or books about pokemon.  If you’ve seen one of the books it’s usually just a list of the characters and their abilities etc.  I figured, hey those are some really hard names to read and full of other trickier words why not let him read these kinds of books.  He’s a little older now and has moved on from Pokemon (well for the most part) but because of those trusty books I thought they looked similar to graphic novels, so we tried those out.  Turns out he loves them!  He also loves any nonfiction books about fishing so we get those as well. Eli seems to be following the same pattern as Ashton and right now loves graphic novels. (also reading to your lego t-rex helps as shown above ha ha) My Jackson LOVES books!  I’m hopeful I found my little reading buddy in this guy.  His favorite place is the library.  When I tell him we are going there he gets sooo excited.  Even though it took some time to figure out what works for each of my kids, they all enjoy the library.  Oh, my little library nerd heart could burst.  I love it!  It helps that our library has some fun places to read and lots of options for books.  The library was my favorite as a child.  I use to check out a ton of books and my goal was to read them all before I had to return them.  I used to ride my bike with a grocery bag on each handle so that I could get all the books I wanted.  (Sidenote, the only punishment that worked on me growing up was to ground me from reading)  Back to topic... It is also a great activity to get the kids out of the house in the winter when we are slowly going nuts with stir-craziness (is that a word?)  How do you guys get your kids to read? I have considered reviewing books or making suggestions based on what we like, is that something you would like?

They have this cute puppet area.

They have this cute puppet area.

Fun reading areas

Fun reading areas

Spring

Spring

Thanksgiving Point Butterfly Biosphere...

Thanksgiving Point Butterfly Biosphere...