in her own words below:
I am the mother of five beautiful children. When I was a little girl, my father always gave books to my brothers and me to keep us busy. As a child, books were my favorite toy, especially the classics.
But when I came to this country 15 years ago, I totally forgot about books. I worked at a salon full time, and I started having children. I got so busy that I didn’t pick up another book until two years ago when I began taking English classes. There I also found a new family program for my two little ones.
In this program I was required to arrive 30 minutes every day before my classes to read with my sons Jacob and Isaac. At first I didn’t think this would be good because my parents never read to me, but after the first semester I saw a big difference in my boys. I could see their passion for books that I never saw in my other kids. It is incredible how this time each day spent with them while they are so young can make such a big difference!
“I am still working full-time, and with five children, mornings are especially hard! But I remember my goal of improving my English and developing better reading skills, and I watch my kids’ love for books, and I keep pushing on because they deserve it!
I love to see how both of them look for books now. This is a big difference between my oldest three and the two little ones. Jacob, now age 3, loves books with numbers and letters. Isaac, soon to be two, enjoys books with sounds, especially Thomas the Train.
My third child, Saulo, has observed that his younger brothers have this passion as well as a growing collection of books, and a little sibling rivalry has begun. He asked me, “How can they be so interested in books when they don’t even know what they say?” He went on to declare his position, “I am the big brother. I have to know more because they look up to me, and I have to have more books.” Saulo is making progress daily on increasing his knowledge and his book collection. Whenever he goes missing around the house, I always find him with a book in his hands.
I am still working full-time, and with five children, mornings are especially hard! But I remember my goal of improving my English and developing better reading skills, and I watch my kids’ love for books, and I keep pushing on because they deserve it!
Thank you to Mrs. Barbara Bush for giving me and many other mothers the opportunity to learn and to help our kids be super readers!
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