Learning to Read

We’ve been trying to teach Katherine to read for a long time. She learned and knew her alphabet by the time she was 18 months old, and we had fond expectations that she’d quickly learn her sounds and then start stringing them together. But Katherine is much closer to my learning personality than we had expected. See, I typically don’t demonstrate what I’ve learned until I’ve mastered it, so I seemingly go from inability to outright ability over night.

When Katherine finally learned her sounds, she went from knowing none of them to knowing all of them in about, to us, 12 hours. Once she did that, we started focusing on stringing sounds together to make simple words. I thought she’d quickly pick that up, but no. It just didn’t seem to sink in for her, so we kind of backed off to let her go at her own pace.

This morning, we sat down to read scriptures. She said the prayer and then promptly started reading. We thought it was cute and all until we started following along with her and realized that she was actually reading words. She missed most of the words over four letters long, but she was nailing almost all of the shorter words and she was getting the initial sounds right. I could see her sounding them out as we had taught her to do as well.

Just goes to show that you never really know what your kids are picking up. Oh, and it’s a good reminder to be patient and keep teaching.

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