Or more to the point … Nicholas can read! There are a lot of times that, as a parent, you just smile and think, “This is what it’s all about.” Such was the case last night with Nicholas.
I was getting Madeline ready for bed, and The Husband was reading Nicholas a bedtime story, #9 on our 100 Book Challenge. Nicholas came running into the room, waving a book, and said he wanted to read Madeline a story. He opened the book and began to read. Page after page. All by himself. He was so incredibly proud of himself, just as we were of him.
It’s such a huge moment when all the words suddenly click and you can read sentences. As he read each page, he paused and held the book up, just as a teacher would when reading to a class, so Madeline could look at the pictures. Of course the only thing she wanted to do was eat the pages, but no matter. It was a great moment for him. For all of us.
Thanks, by the way, for the great book suggestions you’ve been leaving us over here. We ordered a few of them from Amazon the other day and they’re on the way. Keep the suggestions coming … we have 91 more books to go!
P.S. At the end of Nicholas’ storytime, he pointed to two of the words (‘one’ and ‘likes’) and told me that they’re “high-frequency words.” Cracked me up.
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YAY!!!!! It’s so much fun to see him so excited about it. I babysat some little girls when one of them was in first grade. She would get so frustrated and just wanted to finish the book; so, when she couldn’t get the word on her first try she’d say “I can’t do it.” Just had to keep telling her that she could and to sound it out. She’s doing well in 9th grade now (that makes me feel old!). Go, Nicholas, go!!!
A fun Christmas book is Olive the Reindeer (I think…I know it’s Olive something!)
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Ah gee, that is just so heartwarming. I used to teach first grade, and i remember those “high frequency” words.
The Sister In-Law says
Kudos to Nick!!! I have such a smart nephew… and nieces too!
That is definitely one of the moments that warms your heart as a parent. Good for Nicholas! :)
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Yeah, Nicholas!!! That is so exciting.
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Fun for your reader! One of my sons just started 1st grade and pretty much taught himself to read over the summer. He loves it and reads all kinds of chapter books now, We are so excited, especially when his 10 year old brother HATES reading and has been a trial for us to deal with. We are so happy to have a reader! Oh, and that picture above of the baby’s feet–love it!
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Cate, it’s been so much fun watching Nicholas grow up to be a young little man in the past years!
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