Friday, October 12, 2007

Reading Breakthrough

Yay! This is, in my mind, a major leap for beginning readers.

For the last year, Xavier has been a reluctant reader because he would much prefer to do math. This has been a dilemma for me. Gabriel was the opposite. I started teaching Xavier intensive phonics in January. He has been very reluctant to sit down and read, preferring to run around or just look at pictures. Our phonics program has NO pictures, so he couldn't guess at what the words say.

Today, I caught him reading aloud to Dominic. This is the first time he has picked up a book on his own and read it (versus looking at the pictures). Fifteen minutes later, I walked into the living room to find him on the couch reading to himself "silently". I put silently in quotes because he was obviously sounding out words in his head since he was moving his mouth as he read. I'm so excited.

Congratulations on becoming a reader, Xavier!


  1. It's true, I grew up hating to read. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries especially for boys 8 - 13, who also may not like to read.

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    Thank you,

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    Now, from an author who hated to read...comes books kids hate to put down.

  2. I love the Sir Cumfrence books! They are totally awesome - I know thats not what your blog was about, but the whole serious if way too fun ;)

  3. Sally,
    I agree! Xavier is really digging them. I didn't realize there was a whole series until I went to B&N yesterday and asked for the first one.

    What a great way to learn about math concepts!


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