Wed Nes Day

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There’s a picture of it on the internet therefore I am not the only who does this. I spell it like it sounds. That’s fonetix for you.

Exept fonetiks dusnt werk all the tim

If you can read that, you must be a teacher.

Have you ever watched a blooming reader? I’ve seen it many many times now. Never did it make such an impact on me as watching my own two boys learn that letters have certain sounds associated with them. Put the right letters together and you can make a word. Put the right words together and you can make a sentence. Put the right sentences together an you can make a paragraph. Put the right paragraphs together and you can make book.

Crash has now written 4 or 5 books. Mind you, they are entry level readers he wrote for his 5 year old brother, but still. He wrote books. He, himself, is reading slightly above grade level. His brother is following suit.

But the English language is anything but easy. Bang catches on really quick to word families. He sounds them out one letter at a time to discover the word. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t.

Look and Loot do not sound alike.
Hair and care do sound alike.

Then there’s enough, though, plough, and cough.

WTH?

Ignoring the exceptions, of which there are many, he sounds out new words perfectly. After reading them a few times they become locked away in the sight word vault. I wish I could memorize things as easily.

Alas, I have a photographic memory. I just don’t have an SD card. I have memory like a sieve. It’s on par with that of a goldfish…

I had it a minute ago, I don’t know where it is now.

Anyway, what was I talking about?

Oh yeah. Reading…

Bang comes home with a new book to read from school every day. He’s already progressed three levels since September. Crash reads every night as well. He’ll either read to himself or to his mom or I. Then we’ll ask him about what he read. Lately, he’s into books that take place within the world of Minecraft. But isn’t that the beauty of books? There’s something out there for all of us.

Watching an emerging reader is much like watching butterfly emerge from its chrysalis. That it takes years instead of minutes makes it that much more exciting.

I wonder what kinds of chapter books he’ll like to read?

What kinds of books do your kids enjoy reading?

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32 thoughts on “Wed Nes Day

  1. It’s such a wonderful feeling to watch the kids learning to read and mouthing off the letters, isn’t it? Before you know it, they’ll be rattling words away!
    Spud reads whatever she feels like with no specific themes though she’s into birds, planets and roald dahl’d poems lately. For Squirt, anything with cars goes! These days it’s dutch books too – which makes me happy and sad at the same time!!!

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    • Squirt and Bang would get along nicely… anything with wheels or moves. Machines! That’s awesome they’re learning Dutch, too. They’ll learn it faster than we could ever hope to. I remember when Crash started reading big words. He’d be reading to me and he’d come to word I thought he would stumble over. Nope, he’d read it can keep on going. I’d ask him how he knew that word. “I don’t know. I just do.” would be his response. So I’d ask him what it means and he’d be able to tell me using context clues. LOVED IT! 😀

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      • Oh yeah! They would. The mayhem cause would probably put Cat in the Hat to shame. LOL. I’m happy they are learning Dutch and get better at it…I’m just sad that sometimes they prefer to read the Dutch books instead of the English ones because I’d feel so left out. hahaha!
        It’s a proud moment for you there, Eric. And he’ll continue to astound you more. Your teacher’s job for this grade is done. The daddy’s job never ends! 😉

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  2. My daughter likes it all. I was a bit worried that the push to read non-fiction this year would bore her to tears, but so far so good. She prefers things a bit more girly. My little boy digs anything mechanical. Oh, and In the Night Kitchen by Sendak, which must surely be one of the strangest kids’ books ever written.

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  3. Can you believe I had to read the first quote before realizing what the title to your post was??? I know what you mean in regards to learning how words are spelled and how you pronounce them and then realize that there are exceptions and it throws you slightly off. I was there when learning English and I see it now in the kids, although English is their first language… Tricky stuff 😉

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    • Llama Llama is good. We like them too. LM is good to be reading Percy Jackson! I don’t think Crash quite ready for that (though I could be wrong). He could read it with no problem. He may not comprehend all of it.

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      • I was kinda skeptical myself when he came home with it! His teacher assigned the series to his reading group, and he really clicked with Percy over the ADHD stuff. His teacher gave them a printout with the mythological stuff to reference while reading.

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  4. I still say wed-nes-day when I write it too! My kids LOVE reading, especially Eva who started school this time. She comes home with the Kipper and Chip books which are super annoying but she seems to think they are hilarious!! #fabfridaypost

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    • Bang is loving learning to read. His face lights up when he sounds out a new word and get it right. Isn’t that always the way… they love the books we find the most annoying. But so long as they’re reading we tolerate it 😀

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  6. My boy is 5yo and he loves everything about dinosaurs. However when it’s time to read school books he seems to be completely uninterested and just melted down turn into a 10 minutes cry me a river session. I really have to make him read, but I feel his pain also. 😐 But we’ll hope to get there one day.

    Well done Bang! That’s Amazing!! I see a great Author in the making. 😊

    Thank the so much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

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    • Ahh dinosaurs. A great source of fascination for many! I understand his pain… there’s a big difference in reading for pleasure and reading for school. Want to versus have to. It’ll come in time 🙂 Thanks for the awesome linkup!

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  7. Tell me about the English language! We had even bigger problems because we are not native English speakers. And of course we have plenty of jokes to poke fun at it. We raised a multi-lingual reader–who enjoyed scripting and illustrating his books, and kept us thoroughly entertained by performing them for us as well. At 18, now, he continues to do so! Your kids are amazing! 🙂 Believe it or not, even though I went to an English school, I never cared to remember all the grammar rules.

    Nice to connect via #FabFridayPost

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    • Thanks for stopping by Vidya! English is tough enough even for us native speakers. I can’t imagine how tough it is to learn as a second language. The spellings alone can be tricky. The grammar rules don’t make sense half the time! That’s awesome that your son loved reading and writing (and illustrating) and performing. I can see the many smiles he produced 😀

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  8. I love reading about this! What a struggle learning to read is. I can’t wait to get there with my girls! I think a secret to making it easier is just to keep books around them all the time, at various levels, to see what they gravitate toward and what “works.” My mom did that with us, and we’re doing that with our oldest. She wants to read anything from her sister’s baby books to complicated nonfiction (with many pictures). Fine by me! I hope my girls are as good at reading as your boys, and enjoy it just as much!

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    • You’re definitely right about keepipng books around them. Our boys aren’t allowed toys in their bedroom. Clothes, bed, and books only. They both have overflowing book shelves. I’m sure your girls will be as good as my boys. You have the right mindset and it’s the parents’ mindset that sets them on the right track! 😀 Good Luck!

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  9. My Big is now going through the series of Little House on the Prairie! It’s amazing to see them move through this process with such grace and joy. I want them to know how exciting it is to crack open every book, because you never know who you’ll find or where you’ll go. Its a gift watching the process. Big is reading to little right now. Little is dying to learn to read, and has mastered the Bob books. It’s only upward from there! Oh how they grow! #FabFridayPost

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  10. I do this too! My primary teacher taught us an acronym for spelling the first four letters of beautiful and I still use that every single time I write/type it too! (Bad Eggs Are Useless, odd I know but it always stuck with me). My son loves all things minecraft but I find all the stories he has are so badly written they actually make me cringe. One series I can highly recommend is Captain Underpants, very funny.
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    • For beautiful I say it B-E-A-Utiful 🙂 I am familiar with Capatain Underpants, though we’ve never read them. Another good series is Captain Awesome. A little boy imagines himself as a superhero. What is it with Minecraft that makes them want all things Minecraft in the real world? Boooks, clothes, toys, make believe… I play it with him on ocassion, but only so I know what he’s talking about when he starts telling me about creepers and ghasts and all things Nether…

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      • Minecraft has definitely taken over. Stampy minecraft videos are the worst, thankfully he’s worked his way through them all several times now and seems to have moved on! I’ll have to look into Captain Awesome, thanks

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      • Ours watches Dan TDM (The Diamond Minecart). Apparently, for him, Dan is the standard for what is cool. I think it’s brain rotting! But what do I know? I’m not cool. Definitely look into Captain Awesome, though my oldest didn’t like it as much as I did 🙂

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