I can't believe how ignorant I am: what is the definition of reading?
A couple of weeks ago my kid was standing in front of a store that had "thrift store" spelled out on the exterior wall. He pointed at each letter as he slowly sounded out S-T-O-R-E, letter my letter. Of course, when you sound out each letter you wind up saying the word. I thought, how cool he's really getting into the sounds now, as opposed to focusing mostly on singing the alphabet and pointing out letters. Didn't think a whole bunch more about it.
About a week ago a very similar thing happened with the word "Tug", which was written on the side of rocking thingamabob at the park.
Yesterday the same thing happened with a stop sign while we were on a walk.
Shortly after he finished saying "S-T-O-P, Stop" it hit me: Whoa, is he actually reading?!?! I wouldn't really be surprised to find out that he is, but up until that moment my dismissive thoughts were something along the lines of: "well, if you're sounding out the letters within each word then it's bound to sound like the word you're saying, pish posh pish posh." But, jeez, I guess that's what reading is, isn't it?
He's been saying the words in his books for months, and I've just been assuming that it was from memorization; most likely in fact. I can't think of any books with the words mentioned above, however.
What do you think?
Sara ~ one dh + one 5yo boy + baby in 2011