Reading

Mikey has finally decided that he quite likes the idea of being read to and reading aloud himself. It’s been sort of difficult for me, as a serious book worm, to understand that he just didn’t like to be read to for a long time. I suppose that I just presumed that any children I had would love reading just as much as I do. He would wriggle and squirm, turn the pages of the book too fast and yell “all done!”. I kept trying though, despite a slight feeling of frustration. Last month something seemed to click and he decided he would sit nice and still for me to read The Roly-Poly Pudding by Beatrix Potter. He asked me to read it again and again, laughing about the naughty kittens and saying “uh-oh” to the rats trying to make Tom Kitten into a pudding.

After that he took a break from sitting still while being read to until this weekend, when he requested The Very Hungry Caterpillar. He got excited about all of the food the caterpillar ate, especially the ice cream. He helped me count the oranges, kissed the caterpillar better when he had an “ouch belly”, laughed at the “really big caterpillar” and gasped at the beautiful butterfly.

Then last night he asked me to read “Go, Dog, Go!” by P.D. Eastman. I read it to him about 10 times in total, with him asking “mummy read again!”, looking back and forth between the pictures in the book and my mouth as I pronounced each word. Then he began to read along with me, until he was reciting it by himself, pointing at the pictures and telling me what was happening on each page. Yelling “Go go doggies! It’s not too far” and “Stop doggies stop, the light is red!”

Forgive me for gushing, he is three years old and has had ongoing developmental issues from being born prematurely, especially with his speech. He has trouble with basic pronunciation, to the point that now sometimes when strangers meet him and ask how old he is they say “Oh…” and make that face when I tell them he’s three. He has difficulty with any sentences that contain more than three words, with pluralisation, does not yet use pronouns and we’re working on verbs and conjunctions. I feel like this is a huge breakthrough in that respect. I’m so proud of my baby boy, and more importantly he is proud of himself. He has been carrying the book around with him since reciting it for the first time, opening it to random pages and reciting it to me with a huge smile on his face.

Photos linked to Black & White Wednesday.

12 Comments

    • Thanks! This is our second copy of the Hungry Caterpillar, the first was a board book that was torn up when he was very small. I recently bought it again for his birthday this year because I love it :)
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  1. Leanne

    Ohhhh, honey, that’s so wonderful!!! Good on you for being so patient and persevering – it’s seems that it has finally paid off for you! How lovely that you’ll now really be able to share your love of books with Mikey, and enjoy the stories together. I, too, love reading, and am happy that (so far..) my little girl loves story time. (We have all three of those books, too!). xxx

    • Thank you!

      I’m pretty excited about the whole thing, we’re going to try out some more books later in the week I think. i just kept on buying him books that he barely wanted to look at, lol!
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  2. Each child is different. Granted I don’t have children of my own but I have certainly babysat a ton of them over the years. I personally was a bookworm and had a book in front of my face for as long as I can remember. My brother – not so much. And even my sister isn’t a big fan. But I know you’re proud that he’s loving to read now. Love these pictures. The processing is so dreamy.
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    • Thanks Ashley. I know in my family too, my sister and I are the bookworms.. although I’m the one that took the english degree (my sis is doing photography) but my brother isn’t into reading at all! I’m glad that Mikey is getting into it :)
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  3. Isn’t each step forward just so exciting? Love these photos; beautiful and atmospheric.

  4. That is wonderful! You have every right to be thrilled with his wanting to read books with you like that. It’s so awesome to read about the development of a fellow bookworm.
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  5. Zoe

    This post put the biggest smile on my face! I love books so much, and I’l so glad you’ve passed that on to your son!
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  6. What a fantastic step forward. It would be a pity to miss out on the magic of books. Beautiful shots!

    Erika B

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