“Violet can whistle…and she’s only three!” Adi exclaimed as we left her preschool class some time back in the fall. Violet became Adi’s hero, I mean, who wouldn’t be in awe of a three year old that can whistle?!? I quickly told Adi that she too could learn to whistle, she’d just have to practice.
Practice she did, mostly on our commute to and from school. One glorious day, I heard a whistling sound coming from the back seat, followed by, “I did it!”
Last week, Adi announced that Maddie in her class can read EVERYTHING…because she’s five. “Since I’m almost five, I want to read.”
“You’re in luck,” I told her. “I can teach you.”
So at school today, before heading home for the day, I stopped by our reading room to borrow a set of their kindergarten snap word cards. “So I can teach Adi to read,” I announced.
When I picked the girls up from my mom’s house after school, Wren told me about her homework and just as Adi began to complain that she wanted homework too, I pulled the word cards from my pocket. “Don’t worry,” I stopped her. “Today, I will teach you to read.”
Back at home, I set up Wren to do her homework and got dinner started. In between preparing tacos and guacamole, I flashed words at Adi. Within minutes she was able to recall I, a, me, like, and the.
Satisfied, Adi ran off to play…or so I thought.
A while later, I heard Wren helping Adi to read through some leveled books we had left around from when Wren learned to read. Adi and I have read a few of them together before…but it had been a while.
Before I knew it, Adi was back in the kitchen to read to me. As she finished the last page she matter of factly said, “Now I know how to read everything.” As Adi exited the kitchen, Wren entered to tell me about learning to tell time.
“A new day starts at 12am. The big hand counts by fives. The small hand always goes with ‘o’clock.’ So if the big hand is on the twelve and the little hand is on the six, it’s six o’clock.”
Adi reappeared to listen, clearly impressed. “I don’t know about time,” she said in a tone that told me that she wasn’t upset by this fact. “I just learned to read today. But, now I can read everything.”