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A Reading Lesson with C

November 20, 2008

Silent E, Soft G words

Mom: Okay, what does this first word say?
C (thinking hard): A…g…e…Age…just like the Dark Ages!

Mom: Good, how about the next one?
C (slowly sounding out letters): C…a…g…e…Cage…like the Giomettas have a bird that lives in a cage! (Some people in our ward)

Mom: This one rhymes with the other two.
C: Page! Like medieval castles have pages!

Mom: Good, and the next?
C: sssstage!  Our church has a stage!

Reading lessons can take a while, but I love seeing the wheels turning in his head as he’s reading new words and connecting them to images he knows.  (And I know our medieval history has been sinking in!)

The hardest part, and I noticed this with A too, is encountering words that he’s never heard before.  I love that phonics really gives them the tools to sound out any word, but reading words like ‘gist’ and ‘cinch’ always give a moment’s pause. 


C always keeps us laughing:

He was digging outside a few weeks ago and wanted to know how long it would be before he hit magma.

And we’re just getting to the last week of Christ’s life in our New Testament studies and he said, “Oh good, that means soon we’ll get to read about his cruci-fliction!”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2008 11:57 pm

    What a smart little guy!

  2. November 21, 2008 9:58 am

    These are memories you will look back and smile. I love those moments.

  3. November 21, 2008 4:27 pm

    Ian has been sounding out words too this week. I always love to watch him get excited when he figures out a word. I love knowing that I taught him how to read.

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