Reading has always been a big deal to me, in part because I love to read and in part because for my entire life my parents bragged endlessly that I started reading at age three.
Whatever. It’s not like I’m some wild success story. It just meant for a few years, I was in the gifted program at school and was reading way above grade level.
Anyway. So of course I was eager for my brilliant little snowflakes to become early readers. Which they did not. But just a few weeks ago Max came home from school with a book and asked for “some quiet time” so he could read, and he’s been reading ever since. Like, small bed light on at night, after lights-out, so he can keep reading. I’m thrilled but kid, you need your sleep!
Young Ben has been increasingly interested in letter sounds and tonight got out of bed to find me in the living room (he’s annoyed that his father went out with a friend to see the Star Wars movie). I ignored him, so he looked at the portable power supply I recently received for my phone.
“Puh,” he said. “What sound does ‘O’ make again?”
“O-W together sound like ‘OW’,” I said.
“Wait, that’s not an ‘O’! It has a line through it, so it must be a ‘G’,” he said. The “O” was made to look like an on/off switch, a circle with a vertical line, and I explained that it really was supposed to be an “O”.
“Puh-ow-er,” he said. “Power.”
“WHAT? Did you just READ!!??? You READ that!!,” I said. He beamed. I mean, he beamed.
“Buh,” he said. “What sound does ‘A’ make? No, wait. Buh-ah-nn-k. Buh-ank. Bank.” He grinned.
Holy sh*t, child, you can read. I had thought we’d start with easy readers, but sure, let’s start with, you know, tech gear. “You can read, Ben!” I said. “Wow! You sounded that right out!”
And then the happy proud boy climbed onto the sofa behind me and fell fast asleep.
*For what it’s worth, Stonyfield sent me the Power Bank kit as a holiday gift. Thanks, Stonyfield!