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Ali's first book report

I can't explain how amazed I am that Ali is really reading, both by sight and sounding it out as needed, and can express herself in written form. It seems a magical thing to watch her suddenly be able to decode such a huge, previously incomprehensible part of our world.

Here is her first book report, on "The Digging-est Dog", which we read together. Speed is a focus right now, but she is able to read and understand most of the words and the deeper meaning, given enough time. The topic of the report was "Did you like the book and why/why not?" (We as parents are required to support their efforts at kindergarten spelling, which is phonetic.)

"I luyk it beeobekus it stortch sad and it end hapee."

Some of the letters are backwards (d vs b, p vs q, a etc) but she begins each sentence with a capital letter, has a punctuation mark at the end, uses her pinkie as a spacer between words, and the size of the letters is quite similar and written neatly without jumping above or below the line.

I'm sure I'm making way too much of this, and it's perfectly normal for her to be able to do this, but like taking a first step, it's one of those amazing developmental leaps to me.

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bloguser
Feb. 6th, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
To paraphrase XKCD (http://xkcd.com/54/) - Education. It works, bitches!
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