Jay is not very good about sitting and listening to a story. Sometimes I can hold his attention for a while but rarely does he make it to the end of the book. This surprises me because he is very much interested in words and the alphabet. He spends A LOT of his day reciting the alphabet, writing the alphabet and watching youtube videos of people singing the alphabet song. He watches the videos in both in American and British english and uses both “zee” and “zed”. Through youtube, he’s even learning the alphabet in sign language. He loves to tell me what letter different words start with and will draw pictures representing each letter.
He’s even trying to read.
I am a reader. I really want to encourage his reading and I do believe that one day he will be competent at it. I want to help him get there faster but I just don’t know how to harness it.
Efforts to get him to read a simple story with me are futile; yet he will attempt to read the error message that pops up on the TV screen when we’re having Netflix trouble. Trying to get him to do his homework – even though it’s fairly easy – is a struggle, but he tries to read the names on Storefronts and uses magnetic letters to spell out words that he already knows on our fridge. Each of the boys got a Christmas card in the mail yesterday. He tried to read his own and was able to read some of the words and I helped him with the others. Even Ace was shocked at how many words Jay could recognize in the card and high-fived him. I picked up Ace’s card and asked Jay to read that one also but he pushed it away and very politely said “No thank you” and that was that.
Maybe it’s not for me to harness. Maybe, like with so many other things, I need to learn to let go and let things happen in their own time and in their own way. But I get so excited when I see Jay learning. It’s hard not to get greedy for more and to just swallow the little nuggets.
But as Jamaican people say – One one cocoa full basket. That means, even with moving slowly, eventually you will accomplish what you want to. I should know by now that there is never any rushing my boy. So, I will take my individual cocoas when I’m offered them and be happy with that.