I have taken dozens of pictures of Adam reading with Claire and/or Henry. I don't know what it is, but I think it's the cutest thing when they are reading together. So when Adam and Claire were reading together a few nights ago, I couldn't resist pulling out my camera. Except these pictures aren't like the dozens of previous ones. This time, Claire is the one who is reading!
Bob Books have just 3-letter words that have just a few sounds introduced in each book (i.e. Mac can sit.), so it's been a great way for Claire to begin.
It's been great to see her gain confidence as she remembers sight words and sounds. She's doing great! And as we are out and about on various errands, when she asks "what does ___ spell?", I tell her that she should try sounding it out and she does. I'm so proud of my little reader!
In other literary news, Henry has learned his alphabet, pretty much independent of me. Probably a month ago, I was upstairs working on our alphabet puzzle with Henry, thinking that I had failed him because by this point I was working on the alphabet with Claire, and as he put the letters on the puzzle, he was saying what each of them were. I was flabbergasted! I knew that he knew a few like O, T and I, but I had no idea that he knew the vast majority of them. I don't know where he learned them all - if it was because of Claire, or because of a PBS show that both kids love that is all about pre-reading and language skills (Super Why!). But he loves letters, and sings the alphabet song constantly.
We have a little computer hooked up to our TV and a wireless keyboard that we keep near the TV to work it. Regularly, Henry pulls that keyboard out, puts it in the middle of the floor, lies down on his belly, and goes through the alphabet while pushing each key as he moves down the keyboard. It is so cute. He loves his letters, and looks for them if we are at a store, a restaurant, or even on street signs. Not too bad for a barely two-year-old! I have a feeling he might be a reader as well, and I couldn't be happier!