Readin’ fool

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Okay, well practically reading. Pre-reading all over the place. Sounding out early single syllable words! It’s pre- quasi- just about- reading madness over here!

On the calendar in the kitchen, we’re marking daily milestones in two different colors: in one color, words the big sister reads; in another, words the little brother utters. We’re in that rare moment when the two could be misconstrued (e.g., recently read word by girlchild: “cop,” favorite word of boychild: “cup!”).

Soon as she has the whole reading business under her belt, we’ll lose her for sure.

4 Responses to Readin’ fool

  1. giddings June 6, 2008 at #

    That is so wonderful!

    Eight is a voracious and quick reader (MUCH faster than myself) and she reads ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. Yesterday on her last day of school she was awarded a little certificate for “the best reader”! We couldn’t have been more proud!

    Now the math thing… That’s something we’ve got to work on.

    The beauty of losing them to reading is that you never really lose them. Eight still loves to be read to, although I have to caveat each story that I start with her with a “Now don’t you go reading this on your own, okay?” or it’ll be over before I’ve gotten to chapter 2. She’ll sacrifice sleep to finish a book. Big and I just went to the library and stocked her up for the next week or so — I think I got eight books.

    As habits go, it could be much worse (as you know)!

  2. Shereen June 6, 2008 at #

    I KNOW. Ours is a tidge older than yours, but she’s teetering on that verge, and sliding further down the other side of the Mount Crumpet of reading every day. Every single day brings new words she’s figured out somewhere – today is ‘is’, ‘up’, ‘on’. Yesterday was ‘the’. A couple of weeks ago, my sweetheart-for-life shared with her that if you spelled ‘dog’ (one of the first acquisitions) backwards, you get… well, you know. So now she runs around talking about how god is the opposite of dog. If the born-agains get anywhere near her, they’ll have a thrombo.
    But the reading is SO EXCITING to me. She wants it so badly, and to watch it develop every day brings tears to my sappy old eyes on a regular basis.
    English geeks. What’re ya gonna do?

  3. lulazoid June 7, 2008 at #

    Interesting. We are discouraged from teaching children to read until they are ready to go to primary school (aged 6). The underlying idea is that your child would be bored to tears during that first year of primary school. I don’t really know what to do about it, as we have a voracious reader (one more book, please? pretty please? blink blink with those bambi eyes).

  4. Liza June 9, 2008 at #

    Mmmmm, books. Delicious, yummy books.

    We have reached the stage in very early pre-reading where Noah wants to “read” the stories to us as soon as we’re done reading them to him. The especially charming bit is that he prefers to read the book from back to front.

    Lulazoid, I think you should encourage your voracious reader’s interests. If she arrives at school already knowing how to read, maybe you can work with the teachers to let her read somewhat more difficult material while the other children are still learning.

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