Sunday, February 15, 2009
Am I psychic?
Remember a few days ago when I said I thought Princess was on the verge of a breath-through with reading...by golly, I think it happened!
Last night she came to bed with Tombliboo and I, and we read stories. I had sort of had in mind reading a chapter or two of James and the Giant Peach...but she had other ideas. We read two long Berenstain Bears picture books, then Tombliboo nodded off. I felt like doing the same, it was 11:30pm after all.
But Princess wanted "just one more", and my eyes weren't up to it...I said, she could maybe start and I would help.
She agreed, and began, "One day..."
I gaped...how on earth did she read those...I had looked over her shoulder, and decided the book was too hard for her- she can normally only phonetically sound words out, so a word like "one" will not work at all.
"How did you know it said 'One day'?" I asked.
"Dunno", she answered.
She continued..."One Day Mama and the cubs went to Farmer Ben's farm".
At this point, I was excited..."Blimey Honey- You;re reading! How did you do that?"
"I didn't know I could," she replied, with a grin from ear to ear.
I called for dh, and he came running to see what the emergency was.
"Do it again, Princess", I urged...and she read the first sentence again, without hiccoughs.
He was amazed, and told her she read very well...she was beaming, and eager to carry on. She got tired after a few pages, and sis struggle over some words like "there"...she read "the" and then realised that was wrong, so said "the- ree"...she's no at the stage yet of reading something and then self-correcting, preferring me to supply the missing word (which is just fine).
I finished the book, but she was still palpably excited, and couldn't sleep so ran down the hall to be with her Daddy.