Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Magic of Reading

This week I had the privilege of sitting down and talking to the teacher of one of my children. During the process, she handed me a book to take home for my toddler to read. Ha, ha, I thought, like my toddler is going to read a book. After he read the book without my help, I threw open my front door and burst into joyful singing. Okay, well, not quite that dramatic, but I did laugh myself silly. My toddler can read. He just blew me away again tonight by reading his second book without my help. (Without help! Yikes)

But there are kids I do help. Once a week, I have the opportunity of helping elementary school children read. I am always surprised at the wide range of abilities the children have. Some are struggling with the first lists of words, while others are flying though the lists as though they have been reading for years.

I was not so lucky to be one of those speedy readers. When I was a teenager, I would sit at my desk in school, praying for the bell to ring so I wouldn’t have to read out loud to my class. I can not tell you how terrifying that was for me, waiting, as one by one, my peers read out loud inching closer to me.

No, I did not have dyslexia nor did I stutter. My head just wouldn’t get on track with my mouth. Long story.

Then I stumbled across a book, by accident mind you. My brother’s were always quoting, The Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll. That’s when I found Alice in Wonderland. A magical world was opened up to me. A world that was so bizarre, I gobbled it up. This lead to other worlds with each new book I picked up.

Now I am writing the worlds, making up the characters. * dramatic pause * And it all started with the magic of reading (please read with a sigh).

I cannot tell you how pleased I am to see my child start out at such a young age with the magic of reading that took me years to appreciate.

It makes me want to explode in chorus (yes, sing along with me):

“Twinkle, twinkle little bat,
How I wonder what you’re at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea-tray in the sky,
Twinkle twinkle—”
Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll – sung by the Dormouse at the Mad Hatter’s tea-party.

Oh, Lewis Carroll, if you could see me now! Next week I will be performing a tap dance. Bring your cameras.

I will be posting on Friday next week, since Thursday is Christmas. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! Hohoho.


LexiconLuvr said...

I have yet to read "Alice in Wonderland" or "The Jaberwocky" so I will have to check those out.

Congratulations on your son learning to love to read. A better gift, you could not give him.

And I know about some of these "worlds" you're creating and I can happily brag that they're awesome!

Keep it up!
Merry Christmas!

Linda Garner said...

I loved your song and dance routine. I loved your blog. "While I still can dance...I want to dance with my loved ones watch our dreams unfold, one by one." Lance Wubbels Congratulations on the unfolding of a dream and the joy of the dance. Much Love LG.

Merry Merry Christmas!

Scarlet Knight said...

Thank you guys. I love your comments, they make my day =)
Merry Christmas!

Heidi Ashworth said...

You're a riot! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. :)

Scarlet Knight said...

Hey, anytime! Love the blog. Keep up the great work. =) hee hee, you looked at my blog. (read in happy whisper).