Saturday, June 14, 2008

Funny Reading Story

Princess isn't reading yet...she's been able to read words since before she was 2, but hasn't really progressed any. Sometimes it looks as if she is on the verge of getting it, then we see no such sign for months and months.

Sadly, she seems have all the tools necessary,but she lacks confidence for some reason.

Anyway, a few months ago we had another little girl over to play. She sat on the couch with a library book, and Princess sat next to her (always eager to hear a story). I was making dinner, and listened to their conversation.

The reading was interrupted when Princess said, "No- it doesn't say that, it says this (can't remember what it was)".

Our little friend said, "You don't know- I'm seven and I go to school, and you're only five".

Princess replied, "But you didn't read it right."

Our friend said, "Well you don;t even know because you can't read!"

Princess replied, "I know"

I was really pleased a while ago when we did an interview about homeschooling for a lady doing a phD. Somewhere in amongst the questions, Princess said, 'I'm my own teacher- I taught myself to read and count".

I was really pleased she was so sure of herself. She's normally the first one to say she *can't*.

Last night, we played a game with questions, and she wanted to look at the card.

She insisted, 'It's OK mum- I can look at the card because I can't read!"

"Then what would be the point of looking at it?" I giggled.

I loved watching J-Man learn to read, and I am loving watching Princess as well. It is said so often, but remains true...two people with such a lot of similar genetic make-up can be *so* different.


Colleen said...

It sounds like she's gaining so much confidence! That's great. :)

Stephanie said...

That is so cool, she is very confident. Cassie is the same way with reading she just hasn't put it together yet. She will when she is ready :)

Shell (in NZ) said...

Actually she's *not* confident...that's the strange thing. She was always bursting with confidence when she was littler. I suspect dh (and on a very few occasions, I...) have dashed her confidence by asking her to read something :0(