Wednesday, October 22, 2008

a quiet afternoon ~

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The tone of our afternoons has shifted to a more quiet, focused atmosphere. Jonmichael surprisingly has emerged into a different place in his reading over the last two days. He surprised us this morning after breakfast announcing that after he went to bed last night, he "sneaked" (as he said) and read 5 chapters of his first Magic Treehouse book {by Mary Pope Osborne} by his closet light. He went on this afternoon to finish it and has since read 4 chapters of a 2nd one tonight.

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With the big talk around our house of Jonmichael's instant attraction to the Treehouse books, Lena was inspired to write her own chapter book this afternoon and read it to me.

I'm still wiping my eyes in amazement. Is this really happening??

I'm very happy that the tone of our house is turning into what I had always hoped ~ a love for reading and writing. It only inspires me to do more of the same. Hopefully we will adopt a time each day where we all sit at the table together with journals and write, as well as have family reading times after dinner in the family room, always filling that time that so easily a TV can fill, with more meaningful and nurturing activities.

2 comments:

Maria Rose said...

What a beautiful gift you have given your children. A love for eading and writing has been one of my greatest treasures passed down from my parents.

Lori said...

i have such good, sweet memories of angling my book to "sneak" read by the hallway light! :^)