Do your kids love to read? Mine does!

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
March 1, 2008 7:55pm CST
My 3 days shy 2 years old grand daughter loves to read. She will drop anything she is doing if you say "let's read". I have some book on a bookshelf that are for her and she goes and pulls the ones she wants and climbs in my lap and we read. She repeats what i say and talks to me about the pictures. What a blessing it is to me and so much fun for both and she is learning to read and have fun doing it and what a good thing to learn to do for the future! She'll read the same story over and over. I have to hit the yard sales this summer to keep her in stock!!! Do your kids love to read? how have you encouraged them to read?
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@jeanniemay (1803)
• Philippines
2 Mar 08
Your grand daughter is lovely awesome! I don't have a kid or do we have kid's at home yet but when I was a kid, I love to read. I love watching all the pictures and though I couldn't read well and understand the words, I just remember memorizing it and next time my mom arrives home, I'd ask what it means. Until my mom got me a dictionary. If I don't understand some definition, I browse it word per word the meaning of it in the dictionary. I guess it's how I learned. Alone, I read loud. I was best in reading when I was 7, that made it I guess. Lol.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
3 Mar 08
Aren't those great memories? I remember wanting to read so bad - the "thick" books. My brother is 3 years older than me and we'd come home from the library (where we spent ALOT of time) and he'd have htis stack of "thick" books and I wanted to be able to carry a stack like that and read them all like he did...Henry Reed, Inc. was one of his favs! And My other brother is 1,1/2 older and he read all the Wizard of Oz stories! All over my head but I still worked at it!
• Philippines
3 Mar 08
Yes! Good childhood memories... Now, with the advances in technology, we aren't sure if kid's love to read!
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Although I don't have kids I have always encouraged my Niece and Nephew to read. My Niece hates reading...no matter how good the book is she won't read it. My Nephew on the other hand is already taking after me and reading up a storm. I try to grab him books anytime I'm out and I try to keep up on what he likes. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
8 Sep 08
My kids were kind of like that. My daughter carried a book with her everywhere and at home, she had a book in every room of the house! My son, unless it was about American History, he really didn't like to read. I kept him in history books and books about the heros and people that made history. He loved reading aobut hte pioneer scouts and cowboy law and sheriffs - he is a deputy sheriff now!
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
17 Mar 08
My kids are grown adults now and do not read very much. As kids they never read much either, they just never liked it or got into it. I tried everything I could to get them to read, as kids, including bribery, but to no avail. I read to them when they were really young, but once they went to school I didn't read much to them anymore because they had to read at school and I tried to get them to read to me instead. Both of my kids failed grade 1 because of their reading problems and then they both went to special classes to learn more, but to no avail either. They can read, they just choose not to, even now as adults.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
17 Mar 08
Well, not all kids are alike. You just do the best you can and hope and pray they make it through! I dont' remember to much "emphasis" being put on reading when my kids were in elemtary school. I did that as I knew it was important and they could have so much fun. when I were growing up , we dind't have tv, radios, movies all that other stuff - we read alot and I remember so many good books! We'd then go reinact the books or stories we read or pretend we were the character in the book and do the same thing. I remember hating to read my school books, but couldn't wait to read my "fun" books. But to each his own as they say. Reading isn't everything!
@littleone3 (2065)
2 Mar 08
I have always encouraged my children to read the four eldest have a reading age far beyond thier years as they have always have had access to books at home. My youngest who will be two in may is also developing a love for books he just loves to hear the same book over and over again.I have always encouraged them to read as i love to read myself.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
3 Mar 08
My son read and studied about WWII for many years on his own and by the time he was a Senior in high school, the teacher was "trying" to teach about it, but because he didn't know a hoot about it, he asked my son to teach the class! I gave permission and my son taught the seniors about WWII and they all (according to the teacher) loved it and wasn't lower than a C in the class! He told me he wished he could hire my son every year! Iwanted to say "well, why don't you go learn it and so you can do your job properly". but I didn't.
• United States
2 Mar 08
Congrats on your granddaughters love for books! I have a 2 year old daughter and a 3 year old son and ever since they were just months old I've read to them...everything from childrens books to the newspaper to tv guide... ha... anyway, now both of my kids love to read. I asked them what they wanted from Ho Ho (that's what they call santa claus) this past Christmas and they said more books and Spiderman. lol. I am a firm believer that teaching children that books can be fun at an early age is very important! I also attribute my 3 year olds ability to write his name already and my 2 year olds ability to recognize letters to reading to them and pointing at the words as we read.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
3 Mar 08
Most definately! IF they see it, they'll learn to write it! My 2 yo loves to takea tablet and pencil and "write". I've even written a word and gave it back to her and altho she can't write it, i can see those wheels in her head just a-rolling and thinking! My 2nd grade GD can write in cursive and was told to stop as they will learn that next year! Good Grief! Stop learning? I would have told that teacher a thing or two had she been my child! Never stop your child from learning and branching out and figuring on their own!
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
2 Mar 08
When my son learned how to read.. he loves to read everything ..when we are outside he always read everything and ask the meaning of it and that is just so great knowing that he is curious to know everything
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
2 Mar 08
And reading only gets better and helps so much in other areas of education. Kind oflike the foundation for life!
@kblakley (248)
• United States
2 Mar 08
I too have a 2 yr old and he loves to be read to. We've read every night to him since birth pretty much and now I read to him alot when I'm nursing my 4 month old. I also have a 12 yr old that we did the same thing with and she is a big reader. I think one of the things we've done to encourage them is getting books of their interest. Well the older one picks her own now, but I find ones I think she will like to help out her search.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
2 Mar 08
My daughter, at age 20 just after she got married, told me something that made my life! Her new husband was telling us about his childhood christmas' and traditions etc. And my daughter poppe dup with "You know the best present I ever got?" She was a heavy reader by 3rd grade. So for christmas one year- 5th/6th grade for her, when money so tight, I started in August, and would go every weeek to the library and check out the book cart that they sold books the library was going to discard for 10¢. I'd serach for books for her and my son. All kinds that I thiought they'd enjoy.She like love stories and mysterys he like westerns and history. But if I thought they'd like it I'd buy it for 10¢. I filled one of the paper ream boxes full with book for each of htem by December. i wrapped the box nad put it under the tree about a week ahead and they were both so anxious about those big heavy boxes. So finaly they opened, and were thrilled! Man, that girl was like "forget the rest of the presents, I want to look at my books!". I thought okay I did it with little money. Years later...she told us and her husband that that was athe best gift she has ever gotten! And every year at christmas the box of book always comes up as the best gift ever!!! And all for about $5.00!
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
2 Mar 08
Both my kids love to read. SO do we:) I guess that one of the things that got them interested in reading was seeing that mom and dad spend a lot of time reading. Katt always enjoyed reading. Andre had a bit more of a problem because he had trouble reading. So until he was able to read properly he didn't show much interest. They always had many books ever since they were babies and they had their special stories that they loved to hear at first and then read with me. I made sure that the books we had followed their interests and I would buy new books often. I am glad that they can turn of the TV to sit down and read a book :)
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
2 Mar 08
IN the third grade my daughter got hooked on the series Babysitters Club and later Sweet Valley Twins, High and University series books. She read them so fast I had trouble keeping up and thank goodness ofr the library that had 10¢ book sale cart that I visited every other day practically! But she'd have several going at once, leave a book in the bathroom, the living room, the kitchen, the car and no matter where she was she had a book! All this in the 3rd/4th grade! Now she is into Tom Clancy, Nora Roberts and John Grisham= but still carries that book with her!
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
2 Mar 08
My son is 5, and he has always loved reading. Even when he was a baby, my wife or I would read to him. Now that he has started school, he is even more interested(if that's possible!!) in reading, especially the way he is learning it! Now, this may sound weird, but I use to read to my wife's belly when she was pregnant. Maybe that has something to do with his love of books...!!
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
2 Mar 08
Could be, you never know, but why not believe it is and have that positive thought in life! You made it happen for your child! That is cool.
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
2 Mar 08
I am so glad to hear the one so small loves to read. Children these days are more interested in tv and video games. If she keeps this love of reading up into her later years then it will be wonderful! I'm ashamed to say that many people my age don't read as often as she does and I'm 20!
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
2 Mar 08
Yeah, you came through the first video years (okay, I did and we played Pong! but we won't go that far back!) My 7 yo GD doesn't hardly like to watch TV. She'd rather read or do handmade crafts!! And if she does watch, she watches FLipper ( original show from the 60's) cause she loves dolphins. She loves dinosaurs and will sit and read about them and can even say all those long names... i can't do that!
• United States
2 Mar 08
I love when kids are interested in books I still have a baby but she loooves to be read to! She gets so excited and kicks her little feet. She is very into the pictures. I enjoy it myself I love putting herself on my lap and seeing her reactions.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
2 Mar 08
I started both my GD's on books at age 18 mo, as they just couldn't sit long enough prior to that age! And the 7 yo is reading at 3rd grade level and she is in the 2nd grade and the near 2 yo is reciting and I show her how to follow with her finger and point things out in the book and she will tell mommy and daddy all she read about..it is so cute! She is having so much funleanring to read! i am so proud of both of them!
@trinale (1480)
• United States
2 Mar 08
Now that is soo AWESOME!! My 7 year likes to read, but no where near as extatically as your grand daugther. Do let her give that up if you can help it! Fortunately, my daugther is starting to really enjoy math. I've been pushing that since she was around two, because I read somewhere that girls loose interest and don't do as well in math as boys do. I'm hoping to proove that scientific study wrong also. Cheers, Ed
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
2 Mar 08
Yeah, by all means, encourage what they like best and the rest will fall in place! Good luck to your daughter on her math.. that is so important!