About a week and a half ago, my 8yodd was sitting with my 5yodd and they were whispering. I couldn't tell what it was but they are constant playmates and so I didn't think anything about it. Later that evening, I heard a little more of what they were doing.
It made me cry.
"An 'a' makes an 'ah' sound, 'e' makes 'eh'..." and so it went. Then, I heard words being sounded out. "D-o-g, says Dog."
Our 8yo was being very patient and sweet. Eventually she came over to me and asked me to write a bunch of three letter words that she could teach the 5yo. I didn't think too much of it. They were 'playing' school and it was cute!
Fast forward to the next week in school. I am helping the 5yo with her schoolwork and she starts sounding out words.
She was reading and understanding them! Then she found a Dr. Seuss book and wanted to read it. I didn't have enough time to sit with her for very long, but I thought we could at least get started.
(I don't have a ton of patience for new readers sounding out the same word 500 times in a sitting!)
From the first page, I was astounded. Not only was she sounding them out-she was understanding what she was reading.
It was amazing! I am so proud of our newest reader and I am proud of our 8yo. She is so patient and loving with a servant's heart.
Did I mention that I love homeschooling? ;-)