Friday, March 20, 2009

It still strikes me as pretty amazing!

There is a pretty substantial gap in age between our second and third boys. 6 years to be exact. The funny thing is that its just enough time for me to forget certain happenings and events. Like learning to read. I taught the two older boys to read. I do remember that. I also seem to remember having more time to do so. Time to just sit with them and read books and sound out words. Harland has been ready to read for a while now. I just haven't had as much time as i would like to really sit with him and work on it. He is very busy too so you have to time it just right. He needs to spend most of his time moving and doing, moving and doing! Well after a day of skiing, his energy was just right. Indigo went into bed early and we were making "second dinner". It's a bit of a tradition with Harland my little hypoglycemic kid. He needs to eat again before bed so as not to wake up shaking uncontrollably due to low sugar. So there we were preparing our oatmeal and we grabbed some books. At first he didn't want to try and sound out a word. "I can't, its too hard" but then it happend. ddddd oooooo gggggg dd oo gg d og DOG! DOG! DOG! and then ANT and then FROG. SO EXCITING! that look, that look they get when they realize they are really truly reading! I wish i could bottle it. its a bigger broader smile than usual. The pride! The glow! Its the beginning of an amazing adventure! That night, now that he is "reading" he slipped into bed with Eragon. i asked him if he was sure that was what he wanted. there are no pictures. His reply "mom, i don't need pictures, i can read now!" AWESOME! it will probably help that we just finished listening to Eragon on CD. Now, as i sit here typing this, I can hear him sounding anything and everything out. He's hooked! He's gonna fit right in here. Pretty soon he'll be just like his brothers, reading more than he sleeps! Congratulations Harland!

5 comments:

Jillienne said...

Yeah! Way to go Harland! I just love it when the reading starts..I have 2 right now, and I have to agree it is amazing!

Funny that you are reading Magyk, my oldest read it in fourth grade and did a book report on it, and she is re-reading it right now in 7th grade, she loves it. But she (and I) are also some of those read more than we sleep people!

Kirsten said...

I love that feeling!!! It is so cool when they wake to reading.

Gram said...

Congratulations Harland, I knew you could do it. Love, Gram

Bea said...

ah, congratulations to Harland! What an incredible moment for you too : )
I really hope my boys will always love their books. Can I ask,do you use audio cd's quite a lot, and have you found there's an age where they really take to them?

sheri said...

A new reader...how wonderful! I am currently teaching two little boys to read, and wow, are they proud of themselves when they sound out those words! Congrats to your new little reader in the house :)