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!