Originally Posted by justthinkn
It's happened a couple of times now, so I'm starting to think it may be true - DD *seems* to be starting to sight read. The first time I was writing a note, including the word "elephant," with DD right beside me doing her thing, and all the sudden she started babbling happily about "elephant, elephant." I looked - nothing in the environment that would prompt that but my note. Had I said it out loud while writing? I don't think so... But when I wrote it and asked her if she knew what it was a few hours later, she said her name
(Like many kids, I think, she's recognized her own name for a while, and it's only 3 letters anyway.) Then yesterday DH heard her say "side" while looking at a sign that said "side." Again, when he asked her directly what it said, she said her name!
I don't want to "quiz" her, so I'm not going to ask anymore when I think I hear it, but I'm just so curious! Do you think when kids start sight reading this young it may be a very intuitive process, almost subconscious, so that when you ask them head-on they can't respond?
This has happened to us recently too. DS has >10 sight words (his name, stop, exit, store names), and he is always pointing at words and saying, "That says..." It's usually based on context and what he thinks it says. He gets very creative, and it usually is twice as long as what's written. Funny stuff.
But then, sometimes, he'll point at something with no context and get it right. It's very strange. I keep trying to figure out context clues that he might pick up on. Or where he might have seen that word.
But I have come to a similar theory--that it's somehow subconscious or intuitive. He knows, but he doesn't know how he knows and can't repeat it. He just "feels" it.
DH has this power on standardized tests, especially in math. He's good at math in general, but it's not his greatest strength as a giftie. Still, he just *looks* at a problem, and the choices, and he'll tell you the correct answer. He'll say, "I'm not sure why, but that just looks right." And it is. It works on complex basic calculations and on sophisticated algebra--without actually taking time to solve the problem. It's intuitive for him. Which means his conscious mind doesn't know, but his subconscious does. Somewhere in the recesses of his mind, he just knows.
A few months ago, I let DS try the "Zac the Rat" game at Starfall, where you choose the consonant to match the picture for various "at" words. DS got them all right, about 10 in a row, as I stared in amazement. Now when we play, if he thinks too hard about it, or if I ask him, he guesses wrong, and not for humor (although we love those games too). But if he just zones out and plays easily, he gets them right.
. It's intuitive.
DH and I are both super-intuitive in lots of ways, so I sort of "get" this--but it's still both amazing and unbelievable. Glad to hear others might share the experience.