At bedtime when I read Sam his bedtime story I have been trying to remember to really point out letters and words and try to pique his interest in beginning to learn to read. I have to say I always thought that I’d be really good at this and in my mind the bedtime routine seemed rather enjoyable, but I’m ashamed to reveal that actually I’m rather bad at reading bedtime stories, especially over and over again, and at the end of a long day chasing the kids around it’s not the nice cosy wind down I envisioned.
Anyway, last night as I was reading “As Quick as a Cricket” each page follows the same pattern and goes “I’m as [___] as a [___]” referring to different attributes of various animals. I was trying to get Sam to understand that “I’m as” was the same on each page. He’d seem to get it and enjoyed pointing out that there were two “as” words in each sentence. Yet, when asked what each of the individual letters in the sentence were he would falter and say “I don’t know!” even though only seconds before he had happily named them all on another page.
I was thus astounded when I tried one more time before concentrating back on reading the story and acting out all the different animals:
“Ok, Sam, put them together and what do the letters “a” and “s” spell?”
Sam lifted his head to look at me, grins, and out of nowhere he comes out with:
“A… S… spells ASHRIDGE!”
“We go in two ‘planes, and three trains and we go to Nanna and Grandad’s house, in Engerland!”