A couple of weeks ago I was walking home from football practice with my son and our conversation turned to reading for pleasure and language acquistion (… though maybe not in quite those terms).
The conversation stuck with me. I wrote a blog post in my head as I did the washing up. But then time and events took over and the conversation was forgotten.
In the meantime reading - both intensive and extensive – came up a couple of times in a couple of different contexts. A blog post. A twitter exchange. A conference proposal. And the conversation bubbled back up to the surface.
Back at football practice with notebook and pen in hand I jotted down what I could remember, more or less word for word, or as close as I could.
But first, some backstory. About a year and a half ago my son got the reading bug. He found and latched onto a series of adventure stories that fired his imagination. He’s a collector and over the next nine months he’d collected 36 books. Now he’s moved on to a new series (Wolf Brother in the image above is the first book) and once again he’s hooked. As well as a collector, he’s a sharer, He wants to talk about the new books, about the world they conjure and the experience of reading them. So he persuaded me to read the books too. Hence our conversation:
- Have you got to the bit about the clans yet?
- yeah, I have
- Do you know what clans are?
- yeah, groups of people who live together.
- Did you know about clans before?
- I didn’t. When I first read it in the book I didn’t know what it was – but then it came up again and again and I started to understand
- yeah, you kinda learn it slowly …
- and you know there’s a word you didn’t know before but then you learn it and you start noticing it everywhere. Like I learnt “kin” in the book and then you used it when we were talking at dinner
- yeah, amazing that …
- yeah, it’s like it was always there but you don’t notice it until you’ve learnt it …
So now I’m hooked too – to the books and the great conversations we’re having about them!