I want to thank all of you for sending your warm wishes, thoughts, and prayers for my brother. It makes it easier for me to know that he, and I, have so much support and concern from so many. This is one of the many things I love about Share. I know I can come here and share my heartfelt fears, and find comfort. I know I can ask for thoughts and prayers, and receive them. You are awesome!
So Ryley’s been in Kindergarten for 3 1/2 months now. I have been impatiently waiting for the day when the switch would turn on in his brain and he would be reading. I think that is one of the most amazing moments of a child’s educational life. So many worlds open up when they learn how to read. He knows all his letters, he knows all his sounds. They have had “words of the week” which they have to learn to say, spell, write and read, and he’s done wonderfully with that. But that seems more memorization to me than actually “reading”. I watch him now, starting to sound things out. I know I need to push him and make him do it, instead of just telling him what the word is. So we make him make the sounds, and help him put them together. And I see the light start to dawn. I see that switch getting closer and closer to turning. And I am in awe. My baby is going to be reading soon. How his life will change…..and how mine will too as I’ll have to stop spelling things when I don’t want them to know what I’m saying! AAHHHH!!
Michael and I both love to read. We have stacks and piles of books and magazines literally all over the house. The kids have their own very full library, and they get new books for every special occasion. They love to go to the bookstore and library just as much as we do. I just hope that when they do learn to read, they love it as much as we do.
I love watching this transition. To me, it’s as magical as watching him learn to roll over, crawl, walk, talk, jump and run. And he is so proud of himself. This morning, he came into my bathroom while I was getting ready. He picked up the shampoo bottle and started spelling the words out. First he asked what they said, but then I asked him to sound them out. It was a struggle, but he got shampoo (mostly emergent reading on that, I believe), and then got Grins (it was the kids’ Grins & Giggles shampoo). He struggled with giggles until I gave in. Double consonants and silent e’s are a little tough yet. But I was just so proud of him. He’s trying, and he’s so close to doing it. My tiny baby boy is learning to read!
This is my baby boy on the day he came home from the NICU…..Christmas Day 2000…..with his Bella and GrandBill (Michael’s parents). Seems so hard to believe that six years ago, I was still waiting for my boy to come home, and now he’s learning to read!