Monday, October 21, 2013

Guess Who is Reading?

Peanut has had a light come on in the reading department and is just taking off on reading words and sentences.  It is amazing to behold especially since we were told to expect delays in reading because of his apraxia.  We have been working on pre-reading skills since mid-summer.  We worked on beginning sounds of words and ending sounds of words.  We read simple repeating one sentence books with high frequency sight words and did used different games to emphasize those words.  We only worked on these things when he was interested and typically only for 10-15 minutes at a time.  Two weeks ago he started to try to sound out whole words in the car and I know it is in part to what he is working on in pre-school.  In fact, on the way to school two weeks ago he said 'Mama, can we talk about the letter C?"  I said, "Yes, what would you like to talk about?"  He replied, "I don't know, maybe about how it sounds and looks and what words it starts?"  (Kid cracks me up).

Anyway, his interest and attention have increased so I started reading more sight word books and then he started reading them and recognizing words.  I made flash cards of the words that he knew and then used those flashcards to make unique sentences that he was reading.  Now he is reading BOB books and seems to learn 3-5 new words every day and is reading words like cat, bat, rat and sin, pin, fin but sounding them out. 

The best part is how excited and happy he gets every time he reads a word.  Each sentence is like a celebration and each individual word a small party.  The smile, the words, the excitment and inflection in his voice is contagious and we all celebrate him.

Today I asked him to read the word on the flash card and then use it in a sentence.  He read the word "am" and then said "I am so proud of myself."  That says it all. 

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