Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Five Words I Never Thought I'd Hear

"I can't wait til bedtime!"

Princess spent most of this afternoon alternating between singing and screaming those words. Never thought I would see the day. Truly.

She is a very early reader. Meaning, she can get through a phonics-based reader at a snail's pace. Some days, she is eager to read. Lately, she hasn't been, so I've let it all drop. I remember this stage with BigBro... not unlike physical growth spurts, kids go through mental/academic growth spurts.

This afternoon, I was folding some laundry and Princess came to me with a very serious expression on her face. We'd unearthed some of her phonics readers in a spring-cleaning session this morning, and she held one of them in her hand.

"Mom, now that I'm reading, shouldn't I have some reading time before bed, like BigBro does?"

That only seemed fair. So we worked out the details (fifteen minutes in the guest room after her official "bedtime." BigBro usually goes upstairs at that time to read, so he will let her know when she is done with reading time and needs to go to bed).

Oh, the excitement! The joy. My daughter danced around my bedroom, hugging a book to her chest, singing, "I love reading. It's so great to be reading."

She loves to read phonics readers. Man... I can't wait til she gets to meet Anne Shirley!

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