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  •  The Tale of Peter Rabbit? (5+ / 0-)

    because once I realized I could read and that there were other books, I realized I could one day read them too.

    It's been downhill ever since.

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    by Limelite on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 03:40:16 PM PST

    •  Well, when you begin at the top (4+ / 0-)

      the rest is all downhill, I'm afraid.

      I actually love that series and read it endlessly to my son. Although the "experts" told us early on that he would probably never learn to read, today--at 13--he is a wonderful reader. His interest was most acute on both the Potters, Beatrix and Harry, and even though comprehension is a daily struggle, my heart flips every time he reads to me.

      •  That's wonderful, P Carey! (4+ / 0-)
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        I absolutely dote on situations in which a person is told he or she CANNOT do something--and then the person just goes ahead and does it.

        That, my friend, is the stuff of which novels are made. Oh, and inventions too (thinking of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak).

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        by Diana in NoVa on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 04:25:32 PM PST

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      •  To Be Read to By One's Children & Grandchildren (3+ / 0-)
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        while they are young is ultimately satisfying.  One of the greatest joys of parent- and grand-parenthood, I believe.

        Do you find that comprehension is improved by him writing about what he's read?  Sometimes a few open-ended prompt questions from you can be all that it takes to get him to find out what he thinks and understands about his reading.

        Things like, "What do you think was the hardest decision/choice/telling/act the protagonist had to make/do and why?"  "Which character do you think would have made a good friend or even a best friend -- because. . ." "What would you have done differently if you were the protagonist?"

        Stuff like that.

        Of course, one day he'll probably have all our R&BLer bad habits.  He'll blog about books, keep book journals, and invent a cross-referencing system for his future humongous personal library!

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        by Limelite on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 04:37:57 PM PST

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        •  Ha! You have articulated my dearest wishes. (3+ / 0-)
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          On the comprehension front, I am trying methods similar to what you describe. It will be a life-long project, but I'm certainly not going to give up at this point.

          Some of what I have had to do is work to match his interest with any exercise involving comprehension. He once picked up my sister's Kindle and dove right into Steven Tyler's Does the Noise in My Head Bother You. Well, he loves music more than anything but at his age (11 at the time) dirty words were a whole new, exciting and unexplored, world. It took every ounce of my strength to suppress my laughter as I tried desperately to distract him over to a more appropriate book! As a mother and grandmother, you probably can guess how well that worked.

          He was born with a condition referred to as agenesis of the corpus callosum which, combined with his cerebral palsy, sees him on his back foot each morning--although I know that he is up to the challenges ahead. He proves that every day.

          What I am going to do is get him to read your comment and we can figure out which of your suggestions he wants to explore.

          Thanks for the help!

          •  Best Wishes to Both of You (2+ / 0-)
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            Kids -- first we're so proud of them when they learn to walk.  Then one day we turn around and feel that same glow of pride as they make strides.

            The greatest thing about books is that there's a surprise in each one; when it's a special book it has the power to surprise us again, maybe years later, and we comprehend or understand more than the first time we read it.

            I hope your son finds the joy of surprise on first readings and when he 're-reads his favorites.

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            by Limelite on Sat Dec 07, 2013 at 01:02:22 PM PST

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    •  LOL, Limelite! (4+ / 0-)
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      What a thrill it must have been to know that you could read!

      And off you went. For me, reading is my drug, my addiction, my solace in bad times, my companion in good times. That's probably true for everyone who hangs out in the R&BL forums. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Fri Dec 06, 2013 at 04:23:17 PM PST

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