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Re: How did your parents/other adult help you become a reade

Post by cyndiha11 » 14 Oct 2014, 15:01

My grandmother was a huge influence in my reading as a child. She would take me to the library all the time while my mother worked during the week, and let me choose which books I wanted to read. She also loved to play Scrabble. Anyone else? Because of her love for this game, we spent many, many afternoons together, looking up different words in the dictionary. To this day, we cannot pull out the Scrabble board without also pulling out the dictionary ;)

I have such great memories with her :)
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Post by craftshley » 14 Oct 2014, 21:22

I honestly don't remember learning how to read. It just sort of happened at some point. I do remember that my parents always took me to the library or bookstore and heartily supported my need for new books. I was known to take out the maximum number of books, which was something around fifty books on one card.

-- 14 Oct 2014, 22:22 --

I honestly don't remember learning how to read. It just sort of happened at some point. I do remember that my parents always took me to the library or bookstore and heartily supported my need for new books. I was known to take out the maximum number of books, which was something around fifty books on one card.

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Post by rd7ht » 14 Oct 2014, 21:48

I didn't have much encouragement as a child. My reading began because of the Pizza Hut book-it program, I just wanted to play when I got home from school and my parents never really checked if I had homework. My first grade teacher actually told my mom that she thought I was mentally handicapped and would never learn to read. I'm glad I didn't have many bad teachers like her. Anyway, I loved pizza and was willing to work for it, and eventually I started reading just for the enjoyment of the book.

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Post by rd7ht » 14 Oct 2014, 21:54

I didn't have much encouragement as a child. My reading began because of the Pizza Hut book-it program, I just wanted to play when I got home from school and my parents never really checked if I had homework. My first grade teacher actually told my mom that she thought I was mentally handicapped and would never learn to read. I'm glad I didn't have many bad teachers like her. Anyway, I loved pizza and was willing to work for it, and eventually I started reading just for the enjoyment of the book.

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Post by rd7ht » 14 Oct 2014, 22:06

It was the Book-it program at school that got me started. I just wanted to play when I got home from school, but pizza was something I was willing to work for.
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Post by britt1125 » 14 Oct 2014, 23:49

when i was a kid my mother would read books. not to me, like my father did. he use to read me and my sister books before we went to bed. Stories like charlie and the chocolate factory and the orphan train books. i loved it. guess i just love to be captured in a good story.

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Post by Greeneyedphotogirl79 » 15 Oct 2014, 11:13

Sadly, neither parent helped me become a reader. It just came naturally to me, I suppose, just like cooking. I, on the other hand, hope that my reading constantly will encourage my child to be an avid reader someday.

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Post by cyndiha11 » 15 Oct 2014, 11:31

Greeneyedphotogirl79 wrote:Sadly, neither parent helped me become a reader. It just came naturally to me, I suppose, just like cooking. I, on the other hand, hope that my reading constantly will encourage my child to be an avid reader someday.


I wish that cooking had come naturally to me :oops:
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Post by Artiste8 » 15 Oct 2014, 13:12

I don't remember my parents reading to me. My dad did not read. My mother was always reading and we went to the library often. My brothers we much older than me 12 and 18 years older. So, I was bored a lot. Not many channels on TV and no remote control, no computers which was a good thing. So I would read to pass the time and I loved it.

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Post by ALynnPowers » 16 Oct 2014, 07:03

I would love to come across someone who has a story like, "My parents just slapped me in the head with books until I broke down and read them." But I doubt that would happen.

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Post by cyndiha11 » 16 Oct 2014, 10:42

rd7ht wrote:I didn't have much encouragement as a child. My reading began because of the Pizza Hut book-it program, I just wanted to play when I got home from school and my parents never really checked if I had homework. My first grade teacher actually told my mom that she thought I was mentally handicapped and would never learn to read. I'm glad I didn't have many bad teachers like her. Anyway, I loved pizza and was willing to work for it, and eventually I started reading just for the enjoyment of the book.


That is really awesome. I too would have read books for pizza :wink:
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Post by catzkc » 16 Oct 2014, 11:32

My parents read to both of us as babies/little kids. My dad was also a very big reader. My mom, not so much, but I think she's a wannabe, so she always encouraged that in us. Every Birthday and Christmas, they made sure at least one of the gifts was a book. We also had a set of Encyclopedia's at home. It wasn't unusual for me, especially during summer, to go pick out a letter and read it. TV watching was strictly limited - none on school nights, except the news. Also, one of my favorite memories during Jr. high was some days during the summer my mother would come home during her lunch break to pick me up and take me to the library. Her job was just down the street, so I would have the entire afternoon to myself there!

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Post by JennaNicole » 16 Oct 2014, 12:28

My mom and grandma always read to me, and my grandma quizzed me on words between one and two years old. I was memorizing easy words at first, then they got progressively harder as I got older. Then she'd give me treats as I memorized words and I remember being so proud of myself and I always loved (still do!) to show off and reading was a great way to do that. Since then I've become attached.

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Post by BookWorm07 » 17 Oct 2014, 13:02

My father used to tell me and my sister folktales before we went to bed and I remember how fascinated I was with those characters, the magic, etc. Guess that's when my addiction to stories started, but I didn't start reading 'books' until I picked up a kids magazine in one of my cousin's house.
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Post by Archie1791 » 21 Oct 2014, 05:52

My mom loves to read and She gave me this habbit at quite early. I read my first novel at the age of "three" with my mom. i used to read ten pages or more daily as mom says. :)

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