since she figured out how to write her name a long while back, it seems that my dear daughter has been fascinated with writing. then she figured out how to write "mom," "dad," and "ty," and was even more enthralled with filling empty pages with words.
at first, i was hesitant to admit that she could read. i mean, i wasn't mentally prepared for her to be ready to read. and quite honestly, i didn't expect the whole process to happen so naturally...as if it were part of our daily routine. it felt so unobtrusive. organic.
i remember ty struggling a lot in kindergarten and 1st grade with reading, and so i didn't know what to expect when the time came for emma to learn to read. i guess i thought there would be a specific day that i would officially start teaching her to read....a designated date and time where we would sit down and practice sounding out letters, reading simple words, etc.
but over the past couple of months, i noticed that she was naturally starting to understand the connection between the letter and its sound. i think her little writing kick was actually helping her figure this out. so, last week while we were at the library i figured we'd give one of these books a go. if she was receptive to the idea trying to read on her own we would go with it, if not then no big deal.
this time though, i tried to have her sound out the words on the page. i was a little apprehensive about doing this, because if she wasn't ready then the experience would be frustrating and it would only discourage her from wanting to read (flashback to ty when he was learning to read). but i figure no harm done in trying as long as we stop if she gets frustrated or distracted.
the girl likes to "read" already (during her quiet time she would have a mountain of books piled on her bed ready for perusal), and i'm pretty certain that once she can really read on her own she'll be sleeping with her books!