How I Know For Sure She Can Read

I could read before I started kindergarten and so could my brother. My husband read “The Shining” when he was in third grade. My mother-in-law reads about three books a week. My mother has a masters degree in library science and teaches adults how to read.

It had started making me nervous that my first graders did not seem to be reading yet. So I have begun really pressing the issue. Under duress the boy can read, but he doesn’t like to. He prefers to be read to. Fine, whatever.

In the past two months Claudia has started truly reading. She reads books to herself. She reads books to her brother. She reads to me and she reads to Gabe.

Of course most of them are the same six books.

When someone reads you “Today I Will Fly! ” for the seventieth time you start to wonder if maybe they just have this particular book memorized.

But I know for sure that Claudia can read.

You know how I know? We went to visit Gabe at work and he has this hanging in his office.

bob the builder fuck this

It turns out her reading comprehension is pretty solid too.

*sigh*

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  1. Oh. Oh dear.

    My first started reading super early (right after her 4th birthday) and quite soon thereafter developed the super annoying habit of reading over our shoulder any number of inappropriate things (novels written for adults, work related emails) and being an insufferable nosy-nose.

    But, hey, now if you throw a Ramona novel at her you’ve got an instant hour of peace. So ultimately win-win.

  2. I want that hanging in my ‘office,’ which more closely resembles a desk. Awesome.

  3. Awesome. You know, mostly because it didn’t happen to me. Yet.

  4. Oliver wants to read Where Is the Green Sheep over and over, because he does have it memorized, but he has learned about 25 short words (and, the, in, on…, you get the idea). The other night we were reading a library book on the history of the home run (Big Papi was on the cover…I couldn’t resist) and he decided to jump in whenever he recognized a word. Annoying as hell, yet pride-inducing at the same time.

    My fear is that Oliver will develop his mother’s talent for reading upside down. Then I will be well and truly screwed.

  5. I was going to say “I love Today I Will Fly!” but I’m totally distracted by how much I love that poster.

    Even though I still think Bob is a filthy whore.

  6. snort. Ahh, she’s gonna hear/see/read it someplace anyway, yanno? At least you were there to, err, explain… :)

  7. smart aleck says:

    I am sure she NEVER heard that word before, right? Bwahaha….
    It’s only a problem if she hands that in as a cover on a book report 😉

  8. When my younger son was about 2, I was completely frustrated at his inability to follow directions and brush his teeth. So I, of course, told him to “brush your f—ing teeth.” He, of course, turned to me and said, “They’re not f—ing teeth, Mommy.” Yup. Awesome. [Though I was very proud of my cover – I told him, “Yes, they ARE funny teeth! Tickle them and make them laugh!” Covered my potty mouth, AND came up with a way to get him to brush/tickle his teeth. FTW!]

  9. I’d make a witty comment here, but I’m too distracted by the Bob poster.

    Also printing it out, and sending it to work with Daddy today. :-)

    Smart kids!

  10. Michael is just starting to read, and the way they teach kids to read these days is kind of odd. No phonics, site words? No sounding out? I can’t even really help him because I’m all, sound it out and he is all huh?

    I’m assuming she didn’t ask you what that word meant?

  11. Jackie Evancho says:

    One of my goals in life is to learn as much as I can and this blog definitely teached me some things.

  12. OMG, thank you for that laugh. That was good.

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