This morning, even before breakfast was going, Matthew was begging me to read with him - as in, he wanted to read to me. I managed to get us through breakfast first, but immediately thereafter he asked if both Geoff and I could sit and listen to him continue to read the Magic Treehouse book that he started yesterday. Turns out, all five of us sat in the library listening to him read...chapter after chapter after chapter. Over an hour later, he finished the entire thing - over 60 pages of reading just today.
His first completed chapter book: Magic Treehouse's Gorillas in the Morning. Not a very hard read re: vocabulary, as I mentioned yesterday, but he became very proficient in reading bits of conversation. It was the perfect choice for him.
He was so thrilled. Dancing and running around and singing (to the tune of the old Superman song) "Thank you Lord, for giving me books."
Who is this child??!! At one point during the morning reading marathon, Seth and Lizzie were getting restless and a bit bored, and they started to make noises and run around and fidget. Normally, Matthew would find that very distracting and annoying, but this morning he didn't even notice. Later, Seth asked if there would be jelly beans in the offering today and I answered "no" because it simply wasn't needed as a motivator to get Matthew to continue reading. We had telephone interruptions, and various other noises enter in to the reading time and nothing deterred him. I said to Geoff later that I thought a stick of dynamite could have gone off in the room and he would have continued to read and be bewildered later about anything that might be amiss. He was utterly focused and intent and motivated.
Anyway, after it was done, he asked if we could have a book-finishing celebratory snack with junky food and so we did just that. We put on the coffee pot, pulled out some cookies and chocolate truffles, and they feasted on the decadence of life alternating moments.
It's a whole new world in this household. A whole new world.