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06:55 pm: The Cherubim Can Read!!!

Last spring, before she departed, the wonderful Miss B told me that she expected the Cherubim to learn to read. I was overjoyed, but I don't think I really believed it. Then, during the summer, I met a girl who did not talk until she was eight. She learned to read before she talked. This, too, gave me hope, and yet...

This year, it's been obvious that the Cherubim can read The Cat In The Hat and Green Eggs And Ham. But he listened to the Living Book version for hours and hours, so it was unclear how much was reading and how much was memorization.

Then, today, I was typing, and he came to sit on my lap. (He's nearly eight, so typing with him on my lap is problematic.) As I was typing, I realized that he was saying something...he was reading some of the words I'd typed.

So, I pointed at some words: all, that, had. He got all and had without prompting. That took a little bit of help. Then, I typed some words for him. I typed:

I love you

He looked at it, and then he laughed out loud with happiness.  He proceeded to read a few other simple phrases, too. 

Can't wait to show his father!



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From:tinymammoth
Date:May 5th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
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That's wonderful, congratulations.
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From:juliet_winters
Date:May 5th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
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That's wonderful, Jagi!

I, too, have seen a link between written and spoken language.
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 6th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
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I nearly called you to tell you in person, but I wasn't sure if you would have been home yet. It was about 6pm.
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From:juliet_winters
Date:May 6th, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
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I was grabbing a nap before Steve got home. Probably wouldn't have made it downstairs to the phone. But thank you for thinking of it!
Something to try when you think he's ready: have him read lables on cans of peas, corn, etc.
Works for Ben and w/o the written words, it seems to have less meaning for him.
don't know why.
From:shana_sfo
Date:May 6th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)

How exciting!

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I'm so happy to hear that! Congratulations!

Our five year old boy surprised us one night in March by writing various letters on a tablet and saying them aloud as he did. I had no idea he knew any of them! We know that he knows about half of the alphabet. Those are only the letters he has written for us, though, and he never repeated it so he may have more.

He is either mildly autistic or has severe Asperger's like an older sister. He has only had some basic tests to show he needs more (bureaucracy reigns!) I have to schedule him for more this summer.
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From:annafirtree
Date:May 6th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC)
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I'm so happy for you! I love it that he laughed when he got the "I love you". :)
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From:headnoises
Date:May 6th, 2008 09:08 am (UTC)
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This is great news!

Random thought...what *is* reading, other than memorizing little symbols that can be made into bigger symbols for words?

Even if he only sees and remembers the bigger symbols...he knows love, and he knows other basic words-- that is delightful!
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 6th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Miss B was the Cherubim's kindergarten and first grade teacher. She was wonderful! (His current teacher is great, too.)
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From:druinor
Date:May 6th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)

Very cool!

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This news is so great, Virginia had to share! We're very happy for you!
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 6th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Very cool!

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Thanks!
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From:carbonelle
Date:May 6th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)

Three cheers and a tiger!

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Oh hooray! hooray!
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From:jmward14
Date:May 7th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
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Cheers and congratulations to the Cherubim and the whole family! This must be an awesome moment for you. Hugs to all, Jean Marie
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