100 Pages of Hope


100 Pages in One Day!

We read a lot. We read to ourselves. We read to our children. We read aloud stories after dinner. It’s a long tradition. Hope has been at that cusp of just being able to read for a while but not finding it easy. About a week ago she seemed like she was lifting off and jumping the hurdle. I suggested that when she could read 100 pages in a day, which I figured would come sometime in the next months, I would take everyone out for pizza. Going out to dinner is a very special treat.

Hope thought that was a grand idea and she read 70 pages that day. She was a little disappointed she didn’t get to 100. I was amazed and I assured her I had not expected her to get there so fast.

Well, tonight she completed 100 pages in one day. Not only that, but she hadn’t started reading until after chores at about 10:30 am and she was done by 9 pm! She was very excited. That is a major accomplishment. Hope noted with interest that as the week had progressed it became easier and that the 100 pages she read today were far easier to read than the 70 pages she had struggled to read a bit over a week ago. I explained it will get easier and easier and that in time she’ll be reading hundreds or even thousands of words per minute. Reading is fun – it soaks ideas into our brains and gives us more ideas.

Note that this wasn’t an easy big print child’s book. This wasn’t Dr. Seuss or See Dick and Jane Run. Hope chose to read “The Lightning Thief”. This is like the Harry Potter series and other tween to young adult fiction. Does she understand every word? Close but when she doesn’t she stops and asks for definitions or figures them out.

One of the cool things about this series of books is it teaches about Greek mythology. As part of our homeschooling we have been looking up the various legends on Wikipedia. Hope was turned onto this book by her good friend Coco.

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15 Responses to 100 Pages of Hope

  1. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    When I was raising my son, I read aloud to him every night, from something like the Hobbit books. But he was six, and with Montessori and all my prompting I had expected him to be reading on his own by then. So I tested him, twenty words at a time, and he got them all, but was “unable” to do any two hours later. Now, I knew his short term memory was just fine. So after the third day’s identical test results, I told him “After tonight I can’t read to you any more.” We both teared up at that. I left Bilbo on that ink-dark lake, in the boat with Gollum, under the mountain.

    The next day, the kid brought five phonetics books home from his Montessori school, and six months later he had read the Hobbit and the Trilogy with, I figured, about 80% comprehension.

    I thought about it and remembered his first word had been in Dog, because the human members of the family tried to anticipate his wants, and the surly old lady (who could have visually blended into your pack) we’d inherited from my Dad didn’t.

    Apparently his natural attitude was, “Why buy the cow when the milk is free?” Motivation varies. His Bachelor’s was in English Lit.

    • *grin* I think that is a strong motivating factor. There gets to be a point when even with all of us reading to her she’s still not getting satiated and wants more stories. This led each of our kids to reading. Comic books, such as Calvin and Hobbes have been favorite introductory reading material around here as they have pictures. The Lightning Thief is Hope’s first picture-less book.

  2. Jessie says:

    Congratulations Hope!

  3. ranch101 says:

    Way to go, Hope!

    I’d be very interested in other book recommendations from Hope. My two older girls (7 & 9) are voracious readers (as are their parents) and the youngest (4) is going to have to teach herself to read soon in self-defense :)

  4. A book we just finished reading together that Hope really liked is “Voyage of the Basset”. In addition to having a wonderful story that teaches more mythology it also has incredible illustrations. The whole Laura Ingles Wilder series is another excellent series. As the kids get older we put a great deal of the classics on their reading lists. There is a reason the classics survive. So many books, so few centuries to read them all…

  5. CarolG. says:

    Wow! I can just imagine how happy and proud all of you are. I love the way you teach and set your children up for success without making the work too easy for them. You have such great gifts in teaching and training.

  6. Joseph L. Baker says:

    May I recommend ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ , a Newberry Award winner from 1962. It changed my life from a ‘I’ll read if I want to, to a what can I read next’ kid in 5th grade

  7. ErikZ says:

    I love that picture. It looks like she’s saying “I HAVE CONQUERED YOUR BOOK.”

  8. Nance says:

    way to go, Hope! I remember my first “picture-less” book. I was proud as punch to be able to read it . . . as Hope should be too. And what a great photo.

  9. Becky Hofmann says:

    My daughter is 11, in 3rd grade she could hardly read until I found Dick and Jane, The next year she started the Little House on the Prairie series and I told her when she had read the whole series it was hers to keep. She is an avid reader and read alot of other stuff in between but just yesterday completed the series and came in to say ” Well I guess it is mine now” with a big grin.

  10. David Lloyd Sutton says:

    Walter, I suspect you know most of this already, but in case an author has slipped by: Joseph Baker has it right about ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’ In fact, all of Madeliene L’Engle’s work for children is excellently done. She is explicitly religious, biblical, and magic thinking, but that does no more harm than reading Andre’ (Alice Mary) Norton’s early books involving telepathy. (‘Star Man’s Son’ and ‘Star Guard’ are fine reads.) Also, from both a religious or at least a deistic/teacher’s perspective, anything by Zenna Henderson. Great sparkling educations in tolerance and inclusion. Just reviewed ‘The Little House on the Prairie’ 75th edition, to get the hardcover, which I will pass to my grandkids in a couple of years. That Wilder lady was a fine technical writer for low tech techniques! In a Libertarian direction, L. Neil Smith did some juveniles in his Probability Broach series your boys might like, if they are not already beyond them. I enjoyed them in my forties, though I have never grown up, of course. And every so often, when the government gets me fuming, I reread ‘The Probablility Broach’ just for relief.

  11. Michelle says:

    Congratulations Hope! Reading is such a wonderful gift, it’s hard to even think of not being able to curl up with a good book! My kids like the Owls of Gilhooly books, various books about adventures like My side of the Mountain, Brians Winter etc. Wow, and then there are the classics…can you tell we love to read here also?

  12. Susan Lea says:

    Do you have D’Aulaires’ books of Greek myths? It has beautiful color pictures and classic Greek myths. My kids all loved it. It’s an old book, but you can still get recent reprints.

    My son, who hadn’t learned the sounds of all the letters in Oct. (when he was six) picked up a copy of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” in March and read it from cover to cover. The whole Narnia Chronicles has been a family favorite ever since.

  13. Louisa says:

    Well done Hope! That’s fantastic, and a great series to get your teeth into. That pizza must have been extra tasty :)

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