Remember when I said that Evan wanted to learn how to read? And I was totally freaking out about it, because I didn't know how to teach the kid how to read? Once again I am reminded that our kids will learn in their own timing. I understood how badly Evan wanted to read, but I was skeptical that he would be able to read by the time school starts because of his speech delays. He definitely has a difficult time working with phonics due to his speech delays. Last week we were working on ending sounds and it about did him in. He became very frustrated and told me he didn't want to work anymore. So we didn't do any other work the rest of the week, because obviously he wasn't ready and I didn't want to push him and cause more harm.
Thursday night, we had finished our family game night of "Sorry" and "Trouble" and I had left the games on the table. Evan was getting ready for his shower and walked past the games. As he was walking back he said, "Pop" and kept walking.
It was so random, I turned around at him and noticed the game on the table. I looked at Jeremy and at the same time he looked at the game. We looked at each other to see if one of us had read aloud the words on the game. Neither one of us did.
We both started cheering which caught Evan off guard a little. I asked him how he knew what that said and he said, "I don't know, it just says 'Pop'"
"Um Evan, do you realize that you just read that?"
"I did? I did! The next word says, ha-ha-o-o-o-p. Hop! Pop Hop!"
After we made a HUGE deal about him reading these two words, we started writing more words on our white board. Each word he sounded out then exclaimed what each said.
Isn't it amazing what emotions overwhelm you as a parent when your child reads his/her first word(s)? That moment that their world opens up to all the wonders of the written word. That moment when you are relieved that such an important milestone has been achieved. That moment when you know you can't spell out things to another adult because they will know what you are talking about. That moment of sheer joy that you experienced this life changing experience. That moment when you know their lives have changed.
I believe out of all the "moments" that I have experienced with Evan, this one tops the list. If you have had this experience with a child, you get it! And if you haven't had this experience yet, let me tell you it is a crazy, amazing moment in your life!
Yesterday, we did some more phonics work with ending sounds, and you know what? He nailed every one on the worksheet. It just amazes me how we can push and prod and hope and try but it isn't until a child is fully ready, that it happens. Parenthood is the best "class" I could ever take for becoming a better teacher! I am amazed how much these two kids teach me about teaching them and other children!
Do you remember the moment that your child read his/her first word? How would you describe the feeling?