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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Pushing Through the Dirt

It is very thrilling when a young reader transitions from painfully sounding out every word to smoothly reading sentences. After teaching three kids to read, it seems to me that it is difficult to predict when this transition will happen. I'm so excited to report that Lane has turned that corner. He still de-codes words, of course, but he is now recognizing the words he knows and able to manage longer sentences and paragraphs.

Here you see him reading Up in the Sky, a Veritas Press First Grade reader from the Phonics Museum curriculum. He was very motivated to read this story about Orville and Wilbur Wright and stuck with it. This was the longest book he has read so far. It was such a change from even last week, I really praised him.

"Lane! You're really reading now!"
"Just like a mole pushing through the dirt."
"What?" I was a bit puzzled.
"Like a mole. I'm reading like a mole pushing through the dirt."

I couldn't have described it better.


Sharon said...

This is a wonderful metaphor!

Joshua has been reading "The Cat in the Hat" this week and it is the first time he has really sounded almost fluent with his reading, not having to decode every single word, but just the odd one here or there.

The problem is every day he complains because he hates the Cat and Thing One and Thing Two because (in his words) "they're just too naughty and do the wrong things all the time." It's so nice that he could see that the behaviour in the book is not the right thing to do, even before the child characters in the book come to the same conclusion!

Anyway, we're persisting because his fluency is improving greatly with these one syllable words, especially all those "th" words, which he's recognising very quickly now. But I know Josh'll be glad tomorrow when he reads about the Cat cleaning up all that horrible mess.

~ Sharon

PS You're header looks great now. Well done for working it out yourself!

Mrs. Edwards said...

"The Cat in the Hat" always made me nervous too! I understand how he feels. It made me nervous in the same way I was nervous in school when the teacher stepped out of the room and naughty boys caused troubled in her absence!

Jill said...

Lane's metaphor reminded me of the analogy I used for Ryan's dyslexia, when I was visiting with you last week; trudging through the mud.:-)

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