Have I told you all how well Tank Boy is reading these days?
What? I haven’t?
Well, of course I haven’t, because I. didn’t. know. until last night. Geesh. What kind of great mom am I?
For months he’s been doing the whole, “Mom, I know how to spell [insert any three letter word here]” and then spelling it for me thing. Just from that, I knew he could read simple words. Occasionally he’d even bust out with a four letter word that he could spell. Umm, that would be a word spelled with four letters, not, you know, swear words. Though I’m sure he could spell a couple of those if he knew they existed. I also knew his reading was coming along a bit because he can tell what shows are on PBS and Nick when he scrolls through the satellite tv menu.
So I knew he could read a little, and have been looking forward to doing kindergarten with him this year (translation: I have been figuring he will breeze through it, which makes my job easier). But people! I had no idea. I mean, he’s only four (well, he’ll be five next month). It’s not like I sit him down with a book and say, “Read this to me to that I can assess your skills!”
Last night, as I was doing something with Quinn, or cleaning up after dinner, or checking Facebook, or something like that, I heard his little squawky voice (yes, my son has a somewhat squawky voice, though it is much less so than when he was a baby his babbling sounded very, very chicken-like) . . . anyway . . .
I heard his little voice coming from the dining room, reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I went in to make sure my ears were not deceiving me, and sure enough, there he was on the floor, book in his lap, reading. Midge was sitting by him, looking over his shoulder to gently whisper the occasional challenging word into his ear, and it was just one of those moments.
I had no idea he could read that well. I had no idea Midge could whisper gently and helpfully.
When he finished reading I gave him a big high five and told him how proud I am of him. There was great rejoicing in the land as he and his sister bounced around with glee, excited by his newly revealed talent, and Midge declared, “We sure are one smart family! That’s four of your kids who read now. We sure are one smart family!!”
So I’m blogging about it today for posterity as much as for any other reason. I’m also blogging about to remind myself that I must be doing something right at least some of the time, because Midge was whispering helpfully!
I’m also blogging about it to tell you all: Go get Leap Frog’s Letter Factory dvd! Now! There is actually a series of these. I think it is three language arts dvds and one math one. You can buy them (or at least you used to be able to, I don’t know if you still can) in a bundle on Overstock.com. I promise it will be the best dvd investment you make.
Speaking of all this reading nonsense, I am perpetually behind in reading blogs these days, and it will probably get worse before it gets better because I am determined to read this health care reform bill before the end of the month. At least, you know, most of it.
And George, if you’re out there, Tewt the Newt says H-E-L-L-O