Monday, April 28, 2008

Tuesday Toot - Adam Reads!

Just last month, I posted about Adam finally getting over his writer's block and writing his first grade assignments. But when it comes to reading, he had been doing minimum required for his homework every night (10 minutes) and the Pizza Hut Book It program. That is until we discovered the Magic Tree House series.

There was a special in the last Scholastic circular where you could buy 30 books from this series for $40. As you can see from the Amazon prices, $33 only gets you 12 books, so the Scholastic deal was really good (I did the same with the Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket books long before we started reading them - can't pass up a good deal). Still, $40 is a lot to invest in books that your child may or may not like. The reviews on Amazon looked very positive so I took the bet.

And suddenly, Adam has found that he loves to read these books! If he wakes up early, he stays in bed and reads. He said he woke up in the middle of the night once and read by flashlight for an hour (which I quickly put the kabosh on). Once while we were on vacation, he even chose reading over playing his Nintendo DS a few times! What is the world coming to? And to put icing on the cake, for his homework tonight, instead of putting down the usual 10-30 minutes of reading, he finished an entire book and recorded 1 hour and 3 minutes. Wowee, way to go Adam!!

I am so pleased that he has finally taken to reading and actually enjoys it. Except now he is asking for us to build him a tree house. Hmm, perhaps we can make a visit to a couple of our friends' tree houses (hint hint). Don't worry, he won't do any damage, he'll just be taking his books in there to read.


Melissa said...

That is a great series for kids. He might also like Beastquest, Droon, and Deltora.

Bigqueue said...

This is great.....My two daughters are incredible readers, and this is one of the things thast has made their school life easier for them. (They take after their mom)

As for the tree-house.....go for it! My father in-law and I built one for the girls quite a few years ago, and it is still standing. I now use it to store snow tires and stuff like that.

Here are some pictures of it:

Anonymous said...

The Magic Tree House series is a great series. My son loved it!

Anonymous said...

Pretty cool Angela - my 2 older kids love to read. My eldest daughter actually won't put a book down until she is done reading it. I am working on my 10 year old with the hopes that he develops the same kind of love for books. He will read certain books - he loved Captain Underpants.

 gmirage said...

Wow, good work Adam! Its nice hearing the kids the first word they learned to read, my daughter like it when I read to her...but now she reads alone to herself! =)