Mark Terry

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Kids--Especially Boys--And Reading

August 23, 2008
Great link here for everybody who has kids. (And even those who don't). Or those who are kids. Hmmm...

Mark Terry


Blogger spyscribbler said...

AWESOME article. Thanks!

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Blogger kitty said...

As poor as we were, we told our two children that we would buy them as many books as we could afford. They took us up on it, too, especially our son. I can't recall if our daughter read a lot; it's our son I remember as The Reader. Trying to get his father involved as a father, I got him to read "Watership Down" to Erik at bedtime when Erik was about 9. There were a couple of nights when his dad couldn't read to him, so I decided to fill in. No need, Erik said, because I finished it last night. He was 9 years old and he read about 2/3 of the book in one night. Not only did he read it himself, he could recall whole passages and understood them, too.

I'm the world's slowest reader, so there was no way I could read everything that Erik wanted to read. And their father worked long, hard hours at his job. Which was how I gave him a Stephen King book for Christmas that same year without realizing he would be reading about sex and gore.

Erik is now married, with 3 children, and is an electrician. He no longer has the time to read, but his oldest will be 17 and she reads as much as he did. She plowed through the Potter books several times over, and she's read Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series.

Erik never had to lift a finger for grades in scholol. His younger sister, however, did. Gretta was the one who went on to college and earned two degrees: one in bio-med and the other in nursing.


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