She’s starting at about the age I finished the book with the older two, which presents some extra hurdles. (I find that learning things like this is a bit more natural at a younger age when their minds are wired to absorb language so easily. Somehow it seems to change near age 3 1/2.) The challenges are mostly just in my needing to think through ways to better present the material; Nothing major, and probably good to keep me on my toes as a teacher!
With characteristic KeiannaSpunk, she’s doing great, and so thrilled at being big and learning to read! (She told Kieran all about it. “Kieran, I am big, Kieran. I am learning to read. Yes, I am. I do reading lessons. I can read, “sssiiiittttt”…”sit”…yes! I read, Kieran! Mommy will teach you when you are big…” )(Kieran cooed his admiration.)
I’ve been fascinated at how learning ties together across disciplines. Blending sounds and listening for syllabication in the first few lessons helped her over a bump in her Suzuki piano journey! It was fun to see the connection as the two challenges clicked simultaneously! Suddenly, upon learning some basic phonics blending, she began to correctly distinguish rhythms on her Twinkle Twinkle Variations. (Something that had stumped her for months!) Yeah, Keianna!
I’m looking forward to this stage in the learning journey. Keianna is full of surprises, and I’m still discovering how her mind is wired. This special time of learning to read will be another window into my ‘Anna’s unique way of viewing the world!