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January 19, 2004

Pan is a tan-man-ram.

At the beginning of our school year, I asked each of the boys what they wanted to learn about. T6 mournfully said, "I want you to teach me to read, but I don't think I'll ever learn."

He's known his letter sounds for a while, and can sound out short words. But the "reading" just didn't click.

Today he took a long nap, and so was wide awake when the rest of the boys were in bed. I snuggled him on my lap and got out the first reader from the Veritas Press Phonics Museum.

He was hesitant, but started sounding out the title. "P-aaaaa-nnn. Pan. Aaaaaannnnd. And. The. Mmmmmaaaaaad. Mmmmmmmaaaaaannnn. Pan and the Mad Man!"

He read all the way through the "short a" reader. Halfway through, he jumped up and ran out of the room, "Daddy! Daddy! I'm really reading!"


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Great! He will be so proud!

Posted by: Carol at January 19, 2004 01:38 PM

I love VP's Phonics Museum. The stories are so cool - just wait till you get to The Sword of Rob Roy.

Posted by: Kelly at January 19, 2004 01:40 PM

My favorite one so far is "Ella Sings Jazz." We bought an Ella Fitzgerald cd when J7 got to that book. The illustrations are great, too.

I mean, it's brilliant--Ella Fitzgerald in a short-vowel reader!

Posted by: Alexandra at January 19, 2004 02:25 PM

:o) How fun! It's curriculum like the Phonics Museum and moments like those that inspires me to homeschool...

... Not that I have to decide for another five years

Posted by: kristen at January 20, 2004 11:22 PM

The timing for this post was so perfect! I was able to encourage a mom at school to buy these for her sweet son, who is a newer reader than most of the first graders and easily frustrated with the babyish nature of the books he has to read at school (primary phonics?).

Posted by: kristen at January 23, 2004 01:53 PM

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