Friday, October 16, 2009
The Joy of Watching Them "Get It"
There are many times in our lives as parents when we are just so excited to see our kids finally "get it"...whether it's "getting" a lesson you've been trying to teach them, or an attitude you want to see them express to someone else, or something they're trying to grasp at school (although, looking back on my own experiences, I never ever really "got" anything to do with Math!).
One of the more fun things to see your child "get" is how to read. Right now I'm experiencing this with Sydney and it is so exciting.
We are a family of readers and book-lovers, and it appears to me that we have another one emerging in Sydney.
It's so much fun to see her running to me with her daily book from school, wanting to show me what words she knows. And even more fun to see her begging each night for her bedtime stories. (In the last couple of weeks, Where the Wilds Things Are has been requested many times and you don't know how happy it makes me to hear Sydney exclaim at random times, "Let the wild rumpus start.")
As a parent, I want to encourage Sydney's learning as much as possible so I try and incorporate letter and word recognition, spelling, and reading in every step of our daily life.
We love to play Scrabble in our family (well, maybe with the exception of Gary; he'd rather beat me up in Chess), and Sydney loves to get out the Scrabble board and spell words. Just the other day, I came downstairs and she was spelling words. I asked her to show me some of the words she'd recently learned and this is some of what she showed me...