Around this time last year, Evan was reading sentences like “The cat sat on a mat.” Now he is a few pages away from being done with this Hardy Boys book 2 (he’s got 7 HD books at home, 6 handed down by his cousin).
I had a selfish motive for teaching Evan to read early. I had envisioned that when I bring him to church he will just read books to stay still (which he has been doing for the past 6 months and he loves to read this New Testament), to read while we are in the restos (check), to read while I am doing groceries (the other day an amused man called out “He love books, congratulations!” when he saw me pulling Evan in our grocery parking lot while my little boy was walking, engrossed in a Superman chapter book) and of course, during long car trips.
But never did I imagine he would love books this much. He would read in the john (sitting down and standing up). He would read while brushing his teeth (holding the book in one hand), he would read while walking down the street…in the dark (I had 2 eyewitnesses for this).
While I choose an advanced book to continually improve his reading – for him to learn new words (he has to read aloud for 20 minutes and I listen while cooking dinner), I make sure that I still bring home picture books, graphic novels, comic books, audio books, chapter books, non-fiction books from the library to make sure he doesn’t get bored or be too intimidated by it. Bringing him books from home is like giving him new toys. His face would literally light up, be covered with a big smile and the house would be so quiet for a couple of hours.
A few weeks ago I was telling him, “You know Evan, when you weren’t here in this world yet, I would ask God how it would be nice if he could give us a healthy baby who loves to read. And here you are! A super reader.” Evan smiled and replied in earnest, “See? God is powerful.”
I was thinking on moving on to Hardy Boys 3 for our reading session but then he showed interest in this Sherlock Holmes book (photo shows him reading the table of contents) that I had tucked in the shelf which I too haven’t read before. We’ll see.