Thursday, May 03, 2007

Ready to Read

Sameera read her first book, her long time favorite "Biscuit".

Recently she has been sitting with her books for more than 15 minutes at a time and "reading" them very intensely. Finally, yesterday, something in her head must have gone "click" and she realized she could read. Yesterday morning, she read the word "Apple" and said "Look, it's says 'APPLIE'! It has an e in the end!"

Last night, I started to read "Biscuit", but she put her little finger under the words and started to read them herself. She went on to the very last page with a little prompting from me, a little knowledge of phonics, and a little bit of guessing. (she can recite that book by rote anyway).

What a great feeling it must be, to be able to make sense of the words by herself. She read three more beginner reader books this morning, with prompting from me.


Tharini said...

Yeeaay! Congrats little Summy doll!

Kodi's Mom said...

congrats Summy! now she's going to be unstoppable!

Aparna said...

Thank you, Tara and K's Mom!

Anonymous said...

wow how wonderful! congratulations to sameera!

Anonymous said...

by the way i left a comment on your other blog - go read it!

Aparna said...


Thanks! I read your comment, and I am working on updating more often :) And BTW, look who's talking!

harpreet said...

i'm sure it must be a moment of pride for you! by the way, do you have any clue by what age should we start training the child on phonetics? my friends say start now (by boy is only turning 3). any experiences to share?

Aparna said...


Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the comment.

You are asking for advice from the mom most unqualified for giving it :)

But three years old seems like a good time to point out letters and what they say - even if the little ones don't seem to pay attention. But from experience, I wouldn't get too caught up in trying to teach, that would end up in frustration for mom and child. Just do it as long as it's fun.