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On Reading

Posted in Books by voteforjaneausten on April 21, 2010

I’ve been thinking a lot about my journey with reading lately. At my job I have been hearing a lot about how kids learn to read and the various test results that correspond with state requirements. I really have no memory of learning to read. I think I was reading when I started preschool, but I don’t remember specifically. I have a distinct memory of reading the Little House on the Prairie series because in first grade a friend of mine and I were having a competition on who could read through them the fastest.

I also have strong memories of getting bad grades in reading in second grade. This wasn’t because I had “fallen behind” but because I was so far ahead. I believe we were required to read something like five books per week for class. Well, at that point I was reading through the Nancy Drew series. My classmates weren’t quite reading chapter books yet, but my teacher wouldn’t allow me to count the books I was reading as more than one, but I wasn’t yet fast enough to read five in one week. Stubborn kid that I was, I refused to just read through the smaller books for the grade. Oh well! It was also around this time that I saw a commercial on speed reading. The infomercial went into some detail on it and said that the essence of speed reading was beginning to see groups of words and whole sentences instead of reading word by word. It was years and years before I started doing it, but I did start practicing then with books I had already read.

Now I read maybe three or four books a week. Sometimes seven. When I didn’t have cable at all I was reading closer to seven on average. I am recently obsessed with non-fiction books, but fiction is still my favorite.

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  1. Carina said, on June 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    You’re reading journey sounds similar to mine, (I discovered Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys in 2nd grade too!) except that I had more sympathetic teachers. A little too sympathetic. For instance, in Book It contests, I had to finish five times as much as the other kids to get the same reward. =P

    I now have a child who is a quick reader, and enjoys it, and one who has been slower to pick it up. It’s hard for me to not be pushy.

  2. Carina said, on June 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Oh my goodness! Please ignore the “you’re”! My excuse must be that I just woke up. It’s funny how every time you proof something, you find another huge mistake!

  3. paigedickerson said, on June 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I think Nancy Drew is one of my favorite series for children still. I loved the mysteries and “figuring them out” and also enjoyed that there were always real explanations for things like ghosts, because I was terrified as a kid! ha!


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