I can’t just single out one title – we love all the Elephant & Piggie (by Mo Willems) books we’ve read so far. And the most exciting thing right now, is that my 5-year-old wants to read them himself.
He’s starting to understand the concept of sight words and almost gets having to sound things out. It’s like solving a math problem. He looks at the word, he looks at the picture, he thinks about the context, and he makes a guess. Sometimes he’s right, sometimes he’s not. But it’s beyond-words-awesome that he wants to try.
My older son was not reading at this point in kindergarten – not until Spring Break – but the older one is now an avid reader. I think that’s my little guy’s motivation. He knows what fun books his older brother is reading and he wants in on it. He wants to read Percy Jackson and Harry Potter and Jacob Wonderbar himself. Hearing about the books and seeing the movies isn’t enough for him anymore.
Like I said, we are really at the beginning of this. He really isn’t sounding out and blending yet, just taking guesses based on first letter, context and picture. For example, tonight he read the word “need” twice with no problem, but the third time he said “know.”
I’m amazed at how much patience he has for this, too. I get a little frustrated and want to say, “Okay, enough for tonight, let Mommy read the rest,” but he wants to keep trying, and trying, and trying.
It’s just so unexpected. We didn’t think lightning could strike twice and we’d have two awesome readers. But it looks like we are about to have two awesome young readers in the house. Watch out libraries and bookstores, the Rousseaus are coming!