The Reading Puzzle Finds Another Piece: The duck, the dog and a big yes!

3 years ago

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.

DSCN1210Though 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.

DSCN1247"Dog!" he said as he opened the flap. "Yes!" he replied to himself.

"Duck! Yes!"

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.

Yes!

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