Evan has realized that letters string together into words. It is a pretty cool thing to watch (especially when you are a teacher) to watch that light bulb go off and the world open up. Being able to see the exact moment that the switch was turned on is super exciting!
Since beginning preschool a few weeks ago, Evan has been really interested in letters and what sounds they make, but this week, the connection between those sounds making actual words has been made.
As an example, this weekend I was wearing one of my favorite t-shirts around the house. My New Balance "Run" t-shirt pictured here. Now give me a break, the following picture was taken right after I ran, so I am looking a little rough around the edges. But the point I am trying to make involves actually seeing this shirt. As you can see, the design would be slightly difficult to read to a beginner reader. And you can't really see the lighter lines, but there is a distinct "r u n".
Evan jumped up on my lap, pointed to the "r" and said, "That's an 'r', an 'r' sounds like 'rrrrrr'. And next is a 'u' then 'n'. Mommy was does 'run' say.
So together, we sounded out the letters and he was sooooo excited that he could "read" my shirt. He kept repeating "rrruuuunnnn".
Now it is all he wants to do. "Mommy what does this say?", "Mommy what does that say?", "Mommy can you spell..."
Today, he read "Knuffle Bunny", cover to cover to Carter. He has the book memorized so I pointed to the words and he "read" them to Carter. But when he read the word "daddy" the first time, he flipped through the pages and pointed out every single "daddy" in the book.
"Mom, 'daddy' is spelled 'd-a-d-d-y'"
He also has picked up on the fact that Jeremy and I will spell things out when we don't want him knowing what we are talking about.
"What you sayin, Mom? You just said 'b', ball starts with 'b' and baby and basketball."
So I guess, we will only be able to use that technique for just a little longer :-)!!