Tuesday 06 May, 2014 by Uncle Spike
Cousin Spike Jnr is six and a bit, and in the first year of primary/ elementary school.
Like all kids, he whinges about school (follows his dad then).
“The mathematics we do is for babies daddy. We still don’t do negative numbers or even multiplication”
Ok, so he’s a nerd, we know that anyway.
Up until now, his reading has consisted of ANYTHING to do with Star Wars, reading English language Level 3 (reading alone) books for a few months now. But his Turkish reading was mainly just school books, and they were so basic and boring, or old fashioned he struggled to become engaged in such a chore.
That has all changed overnight.
Aunty Spike found him a good Turkish translation of Treasure Island. After an initial few sessions of “I’ll read one page, you the next”, he has ‘got it’, so to speak.
Last night, as Aunty Spike prepared her case for four days away, and yours truly was swinging the iron around to good effect in support of said venture, small Sheldon was sat up in bed, still reading an hour after bedtime!
My kid has been abducted by aliens…
Ok, so perhaps not. But there again, maybe so. This just happened this evening…
After we arrived home from school around 17:15, indoors he rushed, went straight to change out of his school uniform into his jim-jams, then he came into the kitchen to grab a snack (normal), he sat down at the kitchen table, scoffed his snack, and then clears up and wipes the table (also normal).
Then he grabs his school bag, gets out all his books, goes through and tells me about his homework, does it all without a whinge in sight.
An hour later (he worked efficiently for a change), I said “Ok, off you go… what’s next?”, to which he replied…
“Can I go and read my book daddy?”
He is now curled up on the sofa reading Treasure Island, and wants to read 15 or 20 pages before dinner (his words).
As I said, my kid has been abducted by aliens, and replaced by this smart-arse. I never even read the book myself; just waited for the film..!