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Friday, February 26, 2010

Family Reading

I was finding it hard to find a quiet time during the day for the boys to read, and then one day it happened.... The boys were being crazy and it was too cold to send them outside to run off their energy {never mind that it was dark....} so I told every boy to get a book. I sent Tommy in with dad, put James on one side of the couch and sat with Tim on the other told the boys to read there books and sit still. Not the most conventional way to start a good reading habit but there you have it. I was always reading to them we just didn't have a designate time when we did it, so there were days that we didn't do any reading.

What it has turned into.... is something wonderful!!! After dinner the boys play for a bit with dad and then clean up their room. Jammies, teeth and then we read for an hour. It's great to see them sitting with books in their laps. I now read a couple books out loud and then we have a semi quiet reading time... {they still read out loud so it's funny to listen to James and Tommy reading different books}

Ok, and this is the funny part.... we read until Jeopardy is on...the boys are obsessed with Jeopardy!! James is looking forward to when he turns 10 so he can go on the show. He has even answered a couple questions right before the contestants did!!! At least it's family friendly, and educational right....

Ok, and right now, talking about reading and all... I would like to give a shout out to my boys at how great they are doing!!! James has definitely passed up the "Dick and Jane" books. He is reading short chapter books and loving it! his current favorite series is "Minnie and Moo" {stories about two crazy cows} He is becoming a much more fluent reader. Tommy is doing great and pretty much taught himself how to read. He came to me one day and said "Mom, I just read this book, can I read it to you??" It was a book that we had gotten from the library, we sat down, and Tommy read the book to me!!! {and then to Tim, and James, and dad when he got home} Both James and Tommy are reading from the scriptures with only a little help. And Tim is doing really well too, while not reading, he is recognizing words and points them out in the books we read.


Can you believe he is in kindergarten and reading this??? I read Flat Stanley to the boys and James liked it so much he wanted to read it again... so he did.

4 comments:

Evelyn Perkins said...

Wow! That is so cool! Hmm...I wonder if my kids should be better about this by now...uh-oh.

Cayde and Brianna Taylor Family said...

Awesome!!!

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

That is wonderful that your boys actually like to read! What a nice way to unwind at the end of a day too!

Momtothreebabies said...

Hello! JL from lds penpals, you are going to be doing the flat stanley project with us... your blog is adorable! What a beautiful family!! We also love family reading time in the evenings. We read half an hour before bed. It makes everyone calm down before bedtime :) I adore reading and im so thankful my kids do too! It cracked me up that you guys read flat stanley! The project will be perfect for you!!! :)
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