My first encounter as a reader, I am sure like most kids was when my mom used to read stories to me and my brother before bed. My brother and I were able to pick one book each, his book choice was always Dr. Seuss and mine was always a book from a Minnie Mouse series my mom bot at a garage sale (to be honest it was the best garage sale purchase ever). I loved when my mom would read to us, it always got me so excited to read. I couldn’t wait!
I don’t remember much about learning to read, but I do know that when I started reading I always read my Minnie Mouse books because even though by that time I pretty much had them memorized I still was able to identify certain words. I would read to my parents until my baby sister was born, then I would read to her.
When I started elementary school we did A.R. ( I am sure most of us remember that). Well I was a very competitive child so when I learned we got points for books we read I was stoked to start reading to see how many points I could get in one school year. I quickly learned that reading and taking tests was a lot harder than I thought. I wasn’t testing well like other kids in my class. They thought it was because I was having testing issues so then I was able to test at other times to be in a quiet room. That went on until I got done with elementary school, my testing never got better but I was determined to read one book above my reading level and pass it with 100%. Well I read Heidi and what do you know I passed and got all the points!That was a very monumental moment for me.
When I was in high school I had to read a lot. But I quickly learned that when people would read to me I wouldn’t be able to focus! It was so frustrating to be sitting in class with my book open ready to follow along and the next thing I knew class was over and I was still on the same page. I learned that in order to pass my English classes I would have to read it over again at home. It helped out a lot but it was still hard for me to focus at times.
Now that I am getting older I really enjoy reading. I just wish I had more time to do it, but I started doing audio books which is so nice because if I am going home to my parents I could listen to a book the whole way. It also helps that my future mother in law is a reading fanatic and a reading teacher.
So I guess I am slowly getting back into being a reader. The older I get the more I appreciate the silent moments where I can escape into the pages.