The book was called, The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan. Stephanie has been unable to find another author to hold her interest as much.
She constantly reads and her 4th grade teacher used to punish her for reading so much. “Because,” I was told, “she reads when she is supposed to be doing her homework, she has plenty of time to complete all homework while in school.”
Well then, ‘that’s not really homework is it,’ I thought to myself. That is time when, youare to be teaching the children.
I actually bought the novel-length book to see if it would hold her attention and it has, for a solid year now she has been reading many, many of Riordan’s books, sometimes 4 or more times.
My daughter would check out books at the library and have at least one of the 100 page books read by the time we got home, about 5 miles away. That made no difference to Steph because every book she has ever read has been reread at least 3 up to who knows how many times? Steph always enjoys them as if it were her first reading. Stephanie has been reading and comprehending what she has read since the age of four (Stephanie is now nine). I’ve seen her disciplined reading at its peak, I think, when she got a book at the school library one afternoon, “The Mark of Athena” by Rick Riordan, and the entire book of more than five-hundred pages was read before she had to go to bed that evening at nine!
Her computer fills most of her time, so how did she read that much? Her nose is constantly in a book, and many times while she uses the computer. I ask her questions on the entire book and 99 percent of the time, her answers are correct!
Reading comes in as a close 2nd and is a most welcome diversion from the computer. Stephanie has always been like that, though, she is a strong beginner as shown with her piano and violin lessons, then as time wanes on, she tires of the practicing involved. But you know, books are never the same so she probably won’t get bored. And of course, I continue to learn about her day by day; but I do know this…never has anything captivated her as much as books. Buy one today and try it for yourself.
Once back in the states from her birthplace, the Philippines I had been told to read to my child, the younger the better. I did so every night and that became a nightly habit at age 1 1/2; when she was two she would look through the phone book page by page until she had finished that, in about two weeks time. Stephanie had graduated to the Bible, page by page. Now at age nine I still read to her occasionally when she asks; mostly she reads to me. Reading to your child can create a life-long love of books and teaches what the different punctuation means with only minor cuing from an adult. I believe the kids boost their education and learning habits and after all, isn’t that the reason for grade school?. A place with the primary concern on learning. The knowledge gained in primary school remains with you always.
Stephanie’s penchant for the written word has exceeded all of my wants for the child’s learning hunger. Her enjoyment and blind concentration of what was written transport her to other times, places, and situations. I recall her younger days reading Junie B and how I had her read those books to me to be sure that she knew the correct spelling of the many, purposefully misspelled words. Stephanie proved to me that she not only knew their correct spelling but that she also knew their meaning.
I didn’t think and I still do not think that words should be misspelled – even if on purpose – to young, developing minds. The kids are in an intense learning stage and absorb things like a sponge. These books came with the recommendation of the teacher, who incidentally, had spelled a few words wrong in our correspondence.
And, it’s difficult to correct a teacher because the child believes them infallible. “Stephanie,” I would have to tell her, “That is not the correct spelling, your teacher probably just made a mistake,” then I would have to convince her with the dictionary.