Friday, June 26, 2009

reader

Yesterday, something happened that made my heart and my head do a flip.

We were working away in my studio, me at my table and Adelaide at hers, When I happened to glance over at her. Oblivous to me, she stopped what she was doing, picked up a metal tin that usually holds her crayons, and pointed with her little finger at a word on it. And begin to move her finger along the word and sound it out.

Suuuuuugraaate-walaaamamayeee-ohaaahuuucke!

oh something.

Well, of course she is much too little, at two years old, to really be reading, but my heart just jumped when I realised that- for the first time in her life - she has recognized words as something to be read, and she is practicing!

I took this photograph directly after, Addie with one of her books in bed. Only this time, she is saying "c'mon mama, read!"

18 comments:

gyllengul said...

ah! another lovely milestone!

thanks for sharing :o)

joanna said...

what a precious moment!

Becca said...

so sweet! am looking forward to the day my little one starts doing that. your bed looks so cosy and i love the prints behind it. where are they from?

iva yaneva said...

this is absolutely adorable! my heart melted :)

Sweet Tater said...

So precious! I remember when my daughter first started recognizing letters as what they are. She called them all "D," regardless of the letter. She'd actually take her little finger, point to each letter in a word and say, "D. D. D. D." It was very cute.

Your daughter is so sweet!

Zonnah said...

How exciting!

carol b said...

YAh! my daughter just did a similar thing with numbers on a jigsaw puzzle. As she pointed to the number 1 to 10 she named each as 'number'. So cool.
Love your blog btw.

Julia said...

see my comment below, I don't want cha to miss it :)

Mãe da Rita said...

Moments like this are unforgetable and make us realise that children are really observing and understanding everything they see, all the time. Even when they look distracted.
My little girl is 4 and one of these days she was playing with the pc and saying she was very busy because she had to send an email to everyone of the family :-)))

Amy said...

As a teacher, I love hearing little snippets about pre-readers! Way to go Addie! You could put little Post-It notes around the house with the written word of her favorite objects. She will really feel like a reader then! :o)
I adore the prints on the wall in the photo. Were did you find such treasures?

Tanya said...

I have fallen in love with your blog. I stumbled upon it recently, and have read back to the very first post. I'm used to reading and reading as long as I want, so your new posts seem so short now! I have to wait for them.:) Keep the cute Addie and art posts coming!

Shidah said...

Such an adorable girl. And I love the fact that you have a reader in the making. Am also trying to make my baby a budding reader.

sarah said...

how ADORABLE!!!! great pic too!

hugs,
sarah.

stephanie said...

What a great thing! It's wonderful that she likes books and having stories read to her.

Have a great day!

Carla said...

Doesn't it just warm your heart? My daughter just turned two and a couple of weeks ago she picked up a book at bedtime we often read & began "reading" it to me. She has some parts memorized and reads it to me in her toddlerspeak. I love it! Enjoy her =)

Molly said...

Aw, so sweet! Congrats!

melissa said...

ahh, lovely little adelaide!
congratulations and i wish you many more years of happy times with books. x

Amber said...

that is such a sweet sweet feeling when they display the knowledge of letters. Who cares if they are right or not. Just know that those things makes sounds and words shows that you have been diligent at reading to her. Way to go mom!
There is a great book called "The Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading" by Jessie Wise that is very simple and easy to understand. Not pushy.
I have a niece who is recognizing her letters and sounds and is just now 2.
We also used (and I still use) the cutest phonics program called The Talking Letters" Each letter has it's own story that really helps the children remember the phonics sound. When mine are struggling with a sound while reading (they are 7 and 8) they go back to what that letters story was and the cues that help remind them of the sound. Fabulous program!