Monday, August 5, 2019

First Signs of Reading!

Archer is 14.5 months

It happened!  My baby can read!!

Ok, I should back up a bit.  I've posted several times about teaching Xander to read as a baby and why I decided to repeat the process with Archer.  Since babies can't actually talk, point or match, and any attempts at quizzing are discouraged, I had to go into it with some faith that what I was doing would be worth it.  Luckily, I already knew it could work when I embarked on the journey with Archer.  That isn't to say that there weren't times when I wondered if he would learn to read as easily or love it as much. Every child is so different.

Anyway, on Wednesday, Archer brought me his Your Baby Can Read flashcards.  He has always loved them and likes me to show them ALL to him.  As we were going through, I got to the one that said "car" and without any hinting or prompting on my part, Archer said "car."  I clapped and cheered and we moved on.  Later that night we did all the flashcards again so I could both verify that he truly knew it and so my husband could see.  He did it again! He can read the word "car." Since then, he has also consistently said "star" correctly when we have had out other word cards.

Yes, I know it is only a couple of word, but it is a couple of words I know my baby can read! I'm pretty sure there are other words he can read, because he will sometimes see words and try to say them.  However, since "car" is one of the few words he can say clearly, it was the first time I could know for sure.

Obviously, we have a long way to go before he'll be reading Llama Llama or Harry Potter on his own, but for now, I will rejoice in all the small achievements! That's part of my job as his mama!

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