In its own, special way, the puzzle comes together. All the work parents pour into special kids has unknown outcomes. When a child will walk, or talk, or read, we have no idea. As we wait and watch, once and awhile, a puzzle falls into place.
Though my son is not reading more than about 20 words, he's taken an interest in books that are all his own. I love to see the his process unfold. It is truly his way to organize the world. I learn to push, pull, and let go when needed.
He spent about one-half hour organizing his letters. Then, he sat on the table with his animal-flap book. He read loudly, as he expected the animals to sit up and listen.
Ok, the flap did have a picture of the word on it, so he was getting a big cue that the dog picture matched with the dog word. I'm still not really sure if he knows that the word dog means a word for a dog (if you know what I mean).
What feels most important to me is that he is forming a relationship with books. He can find something there - something he wants to explore. And to that, I say.
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