Friday, September 5, 2008

Short Vowels and Miracles

This has been the week of "Zac the Rat". Next week it will be "Peg the Hen".

Yes, we are working our way through the short vowels.

It's funny, but I expected this to be the most boring part of our homeschooling years. I thought that the interminable repetition and struggle that comes with laying down the foundations of reading would frustrate me, but it just isn't the case.

Seeing my daughter's eyes when she realizes that all of those sounds that I have been forcing her to learn actually make words when she says them out loud together is priceless. Walking through the grocery store and noticing that she is actually reading the signs for "milk" and "eggs", carefully sounding out each letter, is such a thrill.

I love that I get to be here for those moments and that they are not wasted on some exhausted teacher with 38 other minds to mold who has seen it so many times before that it is no longer miraculous to her.

I love that the miracle is mine.


Emily the Great and Terrible said...

I think we have the same curriculum. My six year old is also learning to read, and it is such an amazing and fruitful time.

JulieMom said...

Yep. Kindergarten (or kindergarland as one of my friend's boys says) is a fun time! It's so exciting.

I love to watch Snow White cross her arms in a know-it-all way when she rehashes something she learned. (Like I wasn't there!) :0)