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...






(You might also have noticed that Sydney also is learning how to put words together for sentences and phrases. Probably her very favorite is "I love you"...the message she put together for me in that first photo at the top of this post.)

8 comments:

Lynilu said...

Treasures, aren't they? I remember with great fondness those years of discovery after discovery after discovery. Watching their faces in those moments is one of the assurances of how good life is. Keep enjoying, Cheryl. :)

Stephenie said...

She's so smart. I just love listening to her talk. When I watched her that afternoon, we played all sorts of games. Her logic for each was great!

Travis Erwin said...

Awesome. Having my boys around to discover and learn new things is my single greatest pleasure in life.

NancyJones said...

Oh how sweet. I just love it. It never ceases to amaze me what these kids learn so early now. Bella comes home with more and more each day. She got so mad at me when I was about to cut the October afternoon paper that had "THE STORY ON IT" she was READING IT!!! so I had to take pictures of her reading it. SHE DID TOO. she read the entire thing to me over and over and over. sooo sweet. (big words in there too for a 6 year old!

Daisy said...

Very nice post! It brought back memories for me. :-)

Gin said...

This post was so wonderful, Cheryl. I can really tell that you are a great mom.

Edleen said...

she's such a doll!!! hope you're fine Cheryl. have a fun new week :)

LZ Blogger said...

Wow! Pictures of some REAL LIFE super stars here. Very cute shots! How do I get one of those Halloween Treat Skewers? :-)

~ jb///