Saturday, December 27, 2014

Rayna Rejects Reading

Today's Story is not only for my daughter but by my daughter.

Rayna Lewis absolutely positively hated books. She did not even like to be around books at all. Whenever she saw a book she would run away.

 "Mommy, do I have to learn to read?" she asked one day.

"Yes." replied her mother. "Sometime, you'll have to learn. I am sure you'll like it when you actually take a chance and try it."

"I won't like it ever." replied Rayna with a big frown.

The next day was going to be Rayna's 6th birthday. Rayna's Mom tucked her into bed. "Goodnight, Rayna." she said with a kiss on the cheek.

The next morning, Rayna woke up bright and early. "It's my birthday!" she said excitedly. She jumped out of bed, ran into her Mom and Dad's room and jumped up on their bed. "Mommy, Daddy, it's my birthday!" she shouted excitedly.

"Yes, honey and tomorrow you get to start kindergarten. Two exciting days in a row." said her Dad.

"Oh, Daddy! Don't ruin my birthday." she said angrily. She gave him an unhappy look. Then, she smiled again. "It's still my birthday!" she said extremely excited.

Her mother picked Rayna up and put her on her lap. Her Dad went to get her present. "Happy Birthday!" they said together as her Dad handed her wrapped gift.  She opened her gift excitedly. It was a bunch of books. She picked one up and stared at it. It was called Pat and Cat. She threw it on the floor. Then, she ran away crying. She went into her room and slammed the door.

Her parents went over. "Sweetie, please open the door." they begged knocking.

"Fine." she said through her tears. "The door is open."  They took her in their arms and hugged her. "Some day, you'll like reading and you'll appreciate your present." they said. She didn't think that would happen but she didn't say anything because she didn't want the rest of her birthday spoiled.

The rest of the day went by quickly. They ate pizza and had a big chocolate ice cream cake. Soon, it was Rayna's bedtime. Her parents both tucked and her in and kissed her goodnight. "Goodnight, sweetie. We love you." they said.

The next morning, Rayna's Mom woke her up. "It's time for school." she said.

Rayna was actually excited to go to school. She just didn't want to learn to read. "Can't you write me a note so I don't have to learn to read?" she begged.

"No, honey. I can't do that. Your going to have to learn to read." replied her mother.

"Okay, fine." Rayna said unhappily.

She went downstairs and had a quick breakfast and got ready for school. Her Mom drove her to school. They got out of the car and went to the door. Her mother took a quick picture of Rayna on her first day of school and gave her a quick kiss goodbye.

Rayna couldn't find her classroom at first. Then, she found a nice lady who helped her find it. Her classroom was labeled room Q.  Her teacher was Miss Brown

Miss Brown said "Welcome to Room Q. Today we are going to start learning to read." She took out some books and handed one to each student. The book was Pat and Cat. Rayna's mouth opened wide. Miss Brown read the book to the class as all the children followed along. It was a pretty easy book and there weren't too many words on the page. By the end of the day, each child had a chance to read a little bit of the book, and they each got one to take home to practice.

"I don't need one. I have it at home." said Rayna proudly. She couldn't wait to go home and read it to her Mom and Dad.

When Rayna's Mom picked her up from school and took her home, she ran to her room and got the book. She went to find her Mom and Dad. "Can I read this to you?" she asked.

Her Mom and Dad were both shocked. "Of course." they said with surprise. Rayna read the book. She did great. She got every single word right with only a little sounding out.

From that day on, Rayna loved reading. Every second of free time she had, she would read. It was hard to believe that Rayna had ever hated reading.

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