Since May of last year Chase has become a "Born Again" reader. He started to enjoy reading the summer before 2nd grade. He read books from the Horrible Harry series, Magic Tree house series a few Captain Underpants books and a some Choose Your Own Adventure books. He has read a book here and there since that summer breakthrough, but nothing like now. In May his best friend Ryan Johnson convinced him to start reading the Harry Potter books. It was a slow start for Chase. They are after all such big books...talk about intimidation.
Chase finished book seven a little over a month ago. He loved the books. (Now he spends his time reading the Peter and the Start Catcher series) He cracks me up. He has looked up all of the Harry Potter spells on the Internet and loves to cast them on his sisters. We have had to outlaw some of the more serious spells. He was Harry Potter for Halloween even (along with every other boy at school!). A few weeks ago he carved his own wand out of a monstrous stick he collected on one of our walks. He is a total junky.
Best of all though the Harry Potter series opened Chase's mind up to the miraculous world of literature. He is a reading machine. When I go to tuck him in one last time before I go to bed at 11:00 or later he is still reading. We find him tangled in a mass of sheets with his nose still in the book. His teacher tells me he is tiered at school, I wonder why. We can't slow him down. This last Friday Chase came home with the student of the month award. In our school district they award students for exhibiting the Attribute of the month. This month was Perseverance. Mrs. Palacios, Chase's teacher, told Chase that he has definitely shown perseverance for getting through all those big books he likes to read.
Thank you J.K. Rowling for igniting a fuse that will hopefully never burn out in my little boy.
Read on Chase!!!!