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January 28th, 2008 (01:31 pm)

Yesterday, I had Arthur for one-on-one time. We went to lunch, then I took him to Borders to pick out a book to buy with his own money. (He asked for Borders; he said it was his favorite bookstore. I suspect this is because I've taken them to the one in Cambridge a few times.)

But, on the way, I had an inspiration. I told him that, if he could read the book to me, before any adult read it to him (which neither of them had done before), he wouldn't have to pay for it. And it worked. He wound up picking a Curious George book—a post-canon one, Curious George's Dinosaur Discovery, but pretty good all the same. (Most of their exposure to Curious George is via the TV show, which is actually better than the Rey books in a lot of ways, so I didn't have my usual allergic reaction to fake classics.)

When we got home, we sat down and he read it to me. I had to help him a little—there are some words in there whose pronunciation is nonobvious, like "quarry"— but really not very much. He recognized some surprisingly difficult words, too, like "through". I was pleased. I gave him a big hug afterwards.

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Posted by: Raf (greatsword)
Posted at: January 28th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
[yay]

Very Cool!

Christopher read in a sort of on and off fashion until he got into Magic Treehouse, at about age six. It's really cool to see them start to read, though.

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Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: January 31st, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: That is SOO cool

:-) No, I think that'd be too threatening. This one was already somewhat hard for him.

Posted by: ariannawyn (ariannawyn)
Posted at: January 28th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
kids

Hands down my favorite part of parenting is finding out that your kid can read. My kids did it in completely different ways:

Younger son insisted he couldn't read until 2/3 of the way through kindergarten, when he suddenly realized he *could* - and immediately jumped to 2nd-3rd grade level books. By 2nd grade he was attempting 6th grade level books, and managing to understand them, though it was a real stretch for him.

Older son, upon walking into the daycare center at pre-school, age 5-1/2, left me dumbfounded when he studied the door for a moment and then asked, with perfect pronunciation, "What does 'solicitation prohibited' mean?"

I don't know that particular Curious George book, but most of the others are at a 1st or 2nd grade level, so kudos to Arthur!

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: January 31st, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Wow

Older son, upon walking into the daycare center at pre-school, age 5-1/2, left me dumbfounded when he studied the door for a moment and then asked, with perfect pronunciation, "What does 'solicitation prohibited' mean?"

Wow. That'd be amazing, out of the blue like that.

I don't know that particular Curious George book, but most of the others are at a 1st or 2nd grade level, so kudos to Arthur!

Something like that, yeah. Thanks!



Edited at 2008-01-31 09:32 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Amy Knauer / Violet Coleson (violet_amy)
Posted at: January 28th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)

I was already impressed just with the concept of one-on-one time. ;)
It always makes me happy to hear about involved parents.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: January 31st, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
One-on-one time

I was already impressed just with the concept of one-on-one time. ;)

Yeah, Cynthia came up with that 2-3 years ago. The kids really like it.

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