reading readiness

For those checking in on the o.f.f.e.r – yeah, still deep in the negotiation phase. A full 22 hours after our counter offer we still hadn’t heard and suddenly at 9pm the phone is ringing fast and furious. Somehow we always seem to be on the waiting end for the overnight, which royally sucks. Stay tuned – I guess?

Caroline enjoyed an extra long bedtime tonight, “reading” stories from memory. She laughed, she said phrases like “raspberry sorbet” and I wondered does she even know what raspberry sorbet is? Point is, we are seeing signs of pre-reading around here and though she is still completely uninterested in learning letters or numbers (though I suspect she knows more than she actually lets on) she is fully engaged in her “reading.” If she knows the book she’ll recite it aloud to George and if she doesn’t she makes it up as she goes. She sets herself up in a comfy chair with her suddenly cherished blanket, a baby doll, and a stack of books. Most parents’ hair stands up on their arms when they realize “the silence.” Nine out of ten times when I call out to the other room she answers back, “I’m just reading.” It’s pretty amazing and we’re reading longer and longer stories these days, exploring new places in the library like the fairy tale bookcase centered on Hans Christian Anderson. She had NEVER before heard the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and wow, does she ever love it. Can you imagine NEVER having heard Goldilocks before?? Each new book we take home from the library is like a gift to her. She hates giving them back, so much that Pinkalicious found its way into her very own collection. She knows most of the words now and I cannot wait until she can flip it open and "read" every word aloud to me.

5 comments:

  1. Anna has shocked me lately with her memorization of books, she knows the Napping House cover to cover. They're amazing, the little sponge girls. Also, at least Caro wasn't repeating "raspberry beret" - that's a whole other kind of story!

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  2. Katherine's done the same thing with the Cat in the Hat. I've read it to her so many times, she knows part of it by heart. We're in the middle of Charlotte's Web now, she loves it so much that it had to travel up to my parents with her this week!

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  3. Do you read Pinkalicous? That is where the phrase raspberry sorbet comes from!

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  4. Keeping my fingers crossed that your offer goes through on the house!

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  5. Ha Brenna! Yeah, that's a completely different tale! Beth, Charlotte's Web! What a great book and it would be a fun thing to tackle in the lazy days of summer. Mind if I "steal?" Julie - YES! We LOVE Pinkalicious and I suspect you do too? Emily, THANKS! We need all your good thoughts!!

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