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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Ah, The Joys of Learning to Read

Sunshine was in the tub the other night, working on reading with her Daddy.  I know, weird place.  But she loves those bath letters.  I was doing laundry but could hear them talking about words ending in -UCK.  Duck, Sunshine shouts.  Luck.  Muck.  And, wait for it.  That's right.  I was cringing, knowing it was coming, wishing Todd might have hidden the F.  But, no.  I just hope she doesn't pull that word out at school.  

Speaking of reading, learning to read is hard.  Trying to help our kid, even harder.  Todd and I both love to read.  I used to keep Barnes and Noble in business before we started saving for future ventures.  Now I spend way less time at the train table, and much more time trying to keep my 21-month old quiet in the library.  Not at all easy.  We really want the girls to love to read just as much as we do.  

I feel like I'm walking a very fine line when Sunshine wants to read.  I want her to try it, by herself.  But I also don't want her to feel too frustrated.  Reading is fun.  It shouldn't feel like a chore.  So I generally just read to her.  She's working on the fundamentals at school, and I don't want to put too much pressure on her to learn.  At least not now.   

I think the only sad part of Sunshine learning to read is that it effectively puts an end to Mommy and Daddy spelling things out that we don't want the girls to hear.  I guess we'll have to move on to Pig Latin next.  Uper-Say.  


Anonymous said...

That is a completely unfair representation of the spelling fiasco! The word Sunshine and I made was LUCK, but she wanted it to be lucky. She grabbed the E and put it in the wrong place, making ELUCK. Then, she grabbed the D, and made DELUCK. It wasn't at that point until she grabbed the F and said...

anonymous # 2 said...

Anonymous sounds like a lawyer :)))

Anonymous said...

You guys are just too funny. Not only does Sunshine reading affect the spelling of words but it also affects the writing of words, say a christmas or birthday list. Good "uck" with the reading.

Eric said...

I forget, does learning to read come before sequencing in the development of a child?

BTW - The captcha I got almost exactly matches her logic - scenit - definition: I seen it.